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Perdue vows fix for group home residents

Gov. Bev Perdue said she will work with the legislature to keep up to 2,000 people with mental disabilities from being turned out of their group homes this winter.

On Jan. 1, changing Medicaid rules means that most group home residents will no longer qualify for government-paid personal care services. Medicaid reimbursements for personal care pay about one-third of group home costs.

The legislature created a $39.7 million rescue fund for adult care homes, whose residents will also be affected by the new rules. But group homes can't use any of that money.

Perdue said on Thursday that she was "distressed" over the prospect of mentally disabled people without places to live. Perdue said she is prohibited from using money from other state accounts to help the group homes, but she'll work with the legislature on a remedy.

"I believe they will work with me on a special session" or some other kind of fix, she said.


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