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Jan 13, 2012 11:03 AM by AP

Preliminary deal reached in health care cutbacks

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Attorneys say a preliminary settlement has been reached in a dispute over cutbacks in state funding for home health care for disabled Louisiana residents.
Nell Hahn, an attorney for the nonprofit Advocacy Center, told U.S. District Judge James J. Brady on Thursday that the state Department of Health and Hospitals officials have agreed to expand the number of waiver slots for people who were receiving more than 32 hours of home assistance prior to cutbacks announced in 2010.
The Advocate reports the nonprofit sued the state on behalf of those residents, arguing that cutbacks against the blind and people with other disabling conditions could force them into nursing homes against their wishes.

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