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Legal Brief Examines the Olmstead Decisions Role in Community Integration for People with Disabilities under Medicaid
June 19, 2014
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation
As the 15th anniversary of the Supreme Courts Olmstead decision approaches this month, a new legal brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation examines the legacy of the landmark civil rights ruling that the institutionalization of people with disabilities is illegal discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The brief, "Olmsteads Role In Community Integration for People with Disabilities Under Medicaid: 15 Years After the Supreme Courts Olmstead Decision", revisits the historic case and examines legal developments and policy trends that have emerged in recent years.
The paper focuses on the role of the Court and the legal system in ensuring community integration of long-term care services through the Olmstead decision. The brief highlights Medicaids role as a vehicle in financing long-term care and furthering the delivery of such services in community settings. It includes brief profiles of people who have benefited from long-term care services under Medicaid and identifies ongoing challenges to achieving full community integration for people with disabilities.
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