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Lawsuit: Medicaid home care cuts unjust

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— A lawsuit accuses New York State health officials of cutting or denying Medicaid home care services to disabled and chronically ill people without proper notice.

The federal class action suit was filed in Manhattan Tuesday by the New York Legal Assistance Group on behalf of tens of thousands of disabled Medicaid beneficiaries. It names the state commissioners of the health department and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. The agencies said the state doesn't comment on pending litigation.

The New York Times says the lawsuit represents a challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ambitious Medicaid overhaul designed to save money and improve coordination of care. The overhaul shifted $6 million in public spending on long-term services to private managed care companies that are paid a fixed sum for each enrollee.

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