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Court says disabled adults entitled to higher Medicaid payments

By AP/KWMU

Kansas City, Mo. – The state appeals court has overturned a decision on Medicaid benefits for disabled adults.

The case was brought by 30-year-old Elisha Jensen, who was left quadriplegic when she was hit by a car 20 years ago.

Jensen's mother takes care of her and receives some payment through a Medicaid program. But the state decided three years ago she was entitled to payment for only five days a week instead of seven, a decision upheld in Jackson County Circuit Court.

The state argued Jensen's mother failed to prove that reducing the care would cause a hardship.

The appeals court says that's wrong and that Jensen, and potentially others across the state, are entitled to back pay.

The state is reviewing its legal options.

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