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State Supreme Court denies petition to halt cuts to disabled services

TOPEKA – The Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday denied a petition that would have stopped the state from cutting money to community based programs and services for the developmentally disabled.

The petition had asked the high court to restore $10 million in funding cuts and a 10 percent cut to the Medicaid rate for caregivers. The reductions were part of cuts lawmakers and the governor had enacted to help balance the state budget.

Plaintiffs claimed the cuts violated state and federal laws which require Kansas to provide services to vulnerable citizens such as the developmentally disabled.