Illinois Ordered To Provide In Home Care For Hundreds Of Children

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SPRINGFIELD---A federal judge is ordering Illinois to provide in-home nursing care to more than 1.200 children.

The children have disabilities and severe medical conditions. A lawsuit alleged the state failed to fulfill its Medicaid obligations.

The ruling from U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras in Chicago does not resolve the lawsuit. It could continue for several more months. But the judge's preliminary injunction requires the state to act now because the plaintiffs have demonstrated a likelihood of success.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs say the state of Illinois plans to appeal the decision, and ask that the order be stayed until the lawsuit is resolved. Judge Kocoras said the children affected by the lawsuit have all been approved by the state to receive in-home care, and have not received the services they were promised.

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