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Advocates: Disabled can't wait

By Melody Simmons, The Daily Record

January 23, 2013: Advocates for thousands of disabled and low-income patients who filed a lawsuit last week seeking to speed up claims for state medical assistance say their action was driven by the severity of certain medical conditions.

And the fact that Obamacare — the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act — will simplify the approval process when it goes into effect next January is no reason to hold off, they say.

“I know health-care reform is going to help things, but that’s another year for sick people to get sicker,” said Camilla Roberson, an attorney with the Public Justice Center, one of the groups that filed suit against the state Department of Human Resources.

The lawsuit, filed Jan. 16 in Baltimore City Circuit Court, claims that action on Medicaid applications by almost 10,000 adults is lagging, in part because of bureaucracy. The suit seeks to mandate that the department approve applications within 60 days of the filing date.

“I’m getting call after call from people who are sitting and waiting for determination,” Roberson said Tuesday. “They are getting worse.”

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