Suit challenges cutbacks in state home care

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal lawsuit has been filed against the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, saying that more than 11,000 state residents could be placed in institutions because of cutbacks in home care services.

The New Orleans-based Advocacy Center filed the suit Wednesday in Baton Rouge. The suit alleges the people will be forced into nursing homes because of a new state rule limiting them to 32 hours a week of home care. That's down from the previous limit of 42 hours.

The Times-Picayune reports the suit contends discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The state agency says Louisiana still offers more services than the national average of about 25 hours per week.

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