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A quadriplegic’s HCBS Services

A quadriplegic’s HCBS Services were terminated after he earned his masters degree and began teaching.  PHLP’s representation maintained these services and supports.

After obtaining a masters degree, Robert, a quadriplegic, obtained a teaching job at a state university. As a result of his new salary, which he received in addition to Social Security benefits, Robert’s home and community based services and supports (HCBS Services) ended because his total income made him ineligible. PHLP successfully challenged the eligibility denial because the state failed to accept deductions for certain impairment related work expenses not listed in the state’s Medical Assistance Eligibility Handbook but recognized under federal law. Although Robert regained HCBS Services eligibility, Robert’s supports were reduced, threatening his ability to remain employed. PHLP also appealed this supports reduction and at a hearing persuaded the adjudicator to restore the attendant care.

 

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