US court backs blocking NC disabled services cuts - FOX Carolina 21

US court backs blocking NC disabled services cuts

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A federal appeals court says North Carolina's Medicaid office can't move ahead on cutting in-home services for more than 2,400 disabled adults.

The decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., took effect Tuesday.

A three-judge panel ruled that a 2010 state law cutting personal care services for people who need help with things like cooking, bathing and dressing couldn't be implemented while it's being challenged in court.

The appeals court rejected the argument of North Carolina officials that budget concerns were a legitimate reason to stop in-home personal care services to disabled adults.

U.S. District Judge Terrence Boyle in Raleigh earlier blocked the cuts from taking effect, saying they risk forcing disabled adults into institutions when they could otherwise stay in their homes with help.

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