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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ind. Decisions - "Ind. Supreme Court to hear dispute over welfare denials"

Charles Wilson of the AP reports today on the Supreme Court's decision to grant transfer in the case of Sheila Perdue, et al. v. Anne W. Murphy, et al. (see ILB entry from yesterday here). Sme quotes from the story:

The 2008 lawsuit argued that the FSSA sent notices denying or cutting off Medicaid, welfare or food stamps because of missing documents in clients' applications, but never told clients which documents were missing.

In one case, the agency cut off Medicaid to a woman with hearing problems and other disabilities after a telephone interview that she had trouble understanding and refused to meet with her in person. A Marion County judge found the agency's treatment of the woman violated federal law including the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the appeals court agreed.

The lawsuit stems largely from an error-plagued effort to privatize and automate much of the FSSA's day-to-day functions. Gov. Mitch Daniels canceled that contract with IBM in October 2009, and the state replaced that system with a "hybrid" system including both automation and face-to-face contact.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 26, 2011 11:52 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions