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DD waiver families file federal lawsuit

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Advocates for people with disabilities filed a lawsuit Wednesday asking a federal judge to block the state from using a new system designed to evaluate the needs of about 4,200 severely disabled New Mexicans.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of eight New Mexico families with disabled relatives enrolled in the Medicaid developmentally disabled waiver program, often called the DD waiver.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, asks a federal judge to rule the new system illegal under federal law and restore lost services to DD waiver clients.

The Department of Health responded in a written statement that the new system has allowed the state to trim the DD waiver waiting list, which contains about 6,000 New Mexicans who must wait up to 10 years for services.

Read more details in Thursday’s Journal.