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Judge Restores Benefits to Recipients of Waiver Program


A federal judge has ruled that five disabled West Virginians should get the same amount of funding they got before cuts were made to the state's Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities waiver program.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston recently issued a preliminary injunction ordering the state Department of Health and Human Resources to reinstate the disabled West Virginians' individualized budgets to the amounts they received in 2014.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that attorneys representing the waiver recipients filed a request for injunctive relief against the DHHR last year to make the agency reverse course on cuts to the program.

The program provides disabled West Virginia Medicaid recipients money for in-home services and community-based programs.

DHHR said in a statement that it would comply with the order.

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