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Proposal to Change Disabled Program Reworked


Amid public pressure, state officials are scaling back proposed changes to the Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Waiver program.

The Department of Health and Human Resources says changes Tuesday will address public concerns.

Del. Patrick Lane, other lawmakers and the disabled community rallied against the original proposal Tuesday. They feared planned restrictions would hinder ability to get care.

The new proposal would limit respite care restrictions, allow flexibility in support services and allow maximum time in a facility-based program.

DHHR says the new proposal won’t reduce direct medical services, only change caregiver benefits to align with other states.

The department says the program is regularly over budget. It says changes would help serve some of 1,000 waiting list patients.

The program provides community-based services to about 4,500 intellectually and developmentally disabled people.