NCLEJ and Colleagues File Lawsuit Claiming Georgia Medicaid and SNAP Programs Discriminate Against People with Disabilities

On April 24, 2017, NCLEJ, along with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Georgia Legal Services, and Alston & Bird, filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of three low-income Georgia residents with disabilities alleging that the Georgia SNAP (food stamp) and Medicaid agencies systematically fail to accommodate the disabilities of vulnerable applicants and recipients. Because of their disabilities, the named plaintiffs need reasonable accommodations to help them navigate the complicated application process and procedural requirements for getting benefits. They claim that the state’s failure to provide them the necessary reasonable accommodations violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, and they seek system-wide policies and procedures to ensure that people with disabilities do not fall through the cracks and get the help they need to apply for and maintain eligibility. The case, R.H., M.L., and H.J. v. Cagle, et al., was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

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