Lawsuit: California must find nurses for disabled children

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Disability advocates have filed a lawsuit alleging California isn’t doing enough to get in-home nursing care for children with severe disabilities.

The suit filed Thursday says the state is obligated to find nurses for low-income children on Medi-Cal but does little more than send lists of names. It says children are at risk of being injured or institutionalized because the Department of Health Care Services fails to ensure they get the nursing care ordered by their doctors and approved by the agency.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Northern California on behalf of two children whose parents have struggled to find nurses to cover all of the approved hours.

Spokesman Anthony Cava says the Medi-Cal agency doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

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