Sep 24, 2010 11:12 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal lawsuit has been filed against
the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, saying that more
than 11,000 state residents could be placed in institutions because
of cutbacks in home care services.
The New Orleans-based Advocacy Center filed the suit Wednesday
in Baton Rouge. The suit alleges the people will be forced into
nursing homes because of a new state rule limiting them to 32 hours
a week of home care. That's down from the previous limit of 42
The Times-Picayune reports the suit contends discrimination
under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The state agency says Louisiana still offers more services than
the national average of about 25 hours per week.