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Advocates Fear New Rules Could Hamper Medicaid

Some Vermont legal advocates say they are worried that new health care rules will make some people ineligible for long-term care under Medicaid.

State officials say that the eligibility requirements are more streamlined but have not changed in law or practice.

Vermont Legal Aid's Office of the Health Care Advocate told lawmakers Thursday that the rule, as written, might affect people under age 65 who require relatively short-term intensive care.

The rule in question deals with a program called Choices for Care, or long-term care Medicaid.

Community of Vermont Elders' Director Gini Milkey says the rule will make the process more difficult for senior citizens by lengthening wait times for determinations about enrollment.

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