Lawsuit argues Medicaid evaluations hurt disabled

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico family members of people with developmental disabilities are suing the state, saying a Medicaid assessment system puts recipients of services at risk.

The Albuquerque Journal reports attorneys for eight families asked a judge Wednesday to halt a new method for evaluating recipients to determine their level of services, which can include 24-hour residential care as well as occupational and speech therapy.

The lawsuit was filed in January to restore the services lost by individuals and stop Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration from continuing with changes meant to control costs.

The governor’s office says the changes were to help people off waiting lists for services.

Officials say the program for the developmentally disabled has a waiting list of 6,200.

Attorneys for the state Health Department say the evaluation system doesn’t put disabled clients at risk. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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