Kentucky Sues To Restore Oakwood Funding

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The state has filed a lawsuit against the federal government in hopes of getting Medicaid funding restored to an embattled Somerset institution that is home to some 200 people with mental disabilities.

The lawsuit charges that that the head of the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services acted beyond his authority in ending Oakwood's participation in the Medicaid program.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Frankfort.

The federal government removed Oakwood from Medicaid eligibility after finding that some residents suffered from neglect and abuse In 2005 and 2006, the facility received 24 serious citations for failing to keep residents safe.

The state appealed the decision, but an administrative judge eventually upheld the move and Oakwood lost federal funding beginning last May.
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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,
http://www.kentucky.com

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