Thursday, June 30, 2011

Editorial: Virginia Needs Reform Now

Virginia ranks in the gutter among states for Medicaid services provided to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, formerly characterized as mental retardation. They include those with a range of disabilities, including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism. Medicaid, a federal-state partnership, provides funding for people who are eligible for long-term care in institutions; Medicaid waivers allow payment for community-based services, such as group homes, supported employment and day activities.
The shortfall in waivers has to change — and sooner, rather than later. The U.S. Department of Justice made that clear in February when it lambasted the state for its policy of institutionalizing the intellectually disabled instead of providing community care.

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