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Temporary financial aid for group home residents on fast track

UPDATEDLegislators on Thursday began moving a bill that will provide temporary funding for mentally disabled people living in group homes, who were no longer eligible for Medicaid reimbursement for personal care services due to a change in the law last year that unintentionally excluded them.

House Bill 5 will head to the House floor for a vote this afternoon, and then be sent to the Senate, where quick action is also expected.

Morning Roundup: Judge chooses 'no' pro-life plates, Perdue says group home plan in the works

A federal judge says the "Choose Life" license plates aren't legal. GOP author isn't giving up.

Gov. Bev Perdue says she'll have a plan by the end of the week to prevent the widespread closings of group homes for the mentally disabled.

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Blue ribbon panel begins figuring out how to move mentally ill, disabled care

A panel of state legislators, mental health and developmental disability experts and advocates, adult care home representatives, housing officials and others met Wednesday to begin working on plans to move patients out of large facilities and into communities for treatment specially tailored to them.

The 32-member Blue Ribbon Commission on Transitions to Community Living met for the first time and spent the day at the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh getting up to speed on several pressing issues.

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