Individuals with Disabilities and Families Should Research Eligibility and Services before Moving to another State

By Sandi Rosenbaum, Educational Advocate, Littman Krooks LLP Relocation to another state is a complex prospect for individuals with disabilities and their families. Jason DaSilva’s NY Times Op-Doc  of July 24, “How Healthcare Makes Disability a Trap,” illustrates an important aspect of life for people with disabilities. Mr. DaSilva, who has multiple sclerosis and relies on round-the-clock Personal Care Attendants, funded by New York State Medicaid, explored the possibility of relocating to Texas to follow his ex-wife and young child after she took a job in Austin. As he discovered, Medicaid services, which include essential services for people with disabilities, are administered at the state level, and each state has its own programs and criteria.  Among these are Medicaid Home and Community Based Service (HCBS) Waiver programs.  The federal government developed these programs decades ago to promote deinstitutionalization. The services allow…

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