Lawsuit Targets New Indiana Medicaid Regulations

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Lesson title

Lawsuit Targets New Indiana Medicaid Regulations

Video title, link and release date

Lawsuit Targets New Indiana Medicaid Regulations, June 30, 2013

Video Length

Two minutes, Fifty-nine seconds

Grade Level

High school


On June 14, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a class action lawsuit against the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, alleging that new Indiana Medicaid regulations violate federal Disability Law.

The regulation changes occured in 2012, when the Indiana Family Social and Social Services Administration determined that recipients of the Aged and Disabled waiver would no longer be eligible unless they required “skilled medical needs.” Recipients of Indiana’s Community Integration and Habilitation Medicaid Waiver were also restricted from receiving services under the 2012 regulation change. This action significantly restricts the services available to a large sum of individuals– presumably close to thousands.

Since the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, states are required to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the least restrictive setting appropriate to their needs, and according to the ACLU, Indiana is not maintaining these standards.

The ACLU argues that these changes have violated the ADA’s integration mandate, and have failed to provide the recipient an opportunity to appeal changes to their services.

Review Questions

1. When was this lawsuit filed, and why?

2. What has the ACLU argued that these changes have violated?


3. According to this report, what has the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 mandated that the state provide for people with disabilities?


Freewriting “Journal” Prompt

What about this report do you have questions about?

What do you think will happen to Karla Steimel, now that her circumstances have drastically changed?

What do you want to know more about?