New Hampshire Public Radio (January 11)
A federal lawsuit alleges the state is failing to provide adequate services for older residents and those with disabilities, placing them at greater risk of landing in a nursing home or other institutional setting. The suit, filed Monday, was brought by the AARP Foundation, Disability Rights Center-New Hampshire, New Hampshire Legal Assistance and the Nixon Peabody law firm on behalf of four individuals, identified only by their first names. It contends that the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is improperly administering the Choices for Independence program, which provides in-home caregivers to assist those who qualify in daily tasks, including bathing, toileting and moving from chairs into a bed. Without these services, the suit contends, older residents and people with disabilities are more likely to end up in nursing facilities, where they have worse health outcomes and, at the moment, are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.