Fort Wayne's Carriage House Struggling To Get Medicaid Funding Back

By Maureen Mespell
By Scott Sarvay
By Eric Olson

April 27, 2011 Updated Apr 27, 2011 at 6:07 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Fort Wayne’s Carriage House is fighting to get its Medicaid funding back. Carriage House serves the mentally ill, helping them return to work or school, and lead productive lives. Last year the state changed its Medicaid policy and eliminated funding for Carriage House. A state senate committee recommended funding be restored, but so far that has not happened. Carriage House officials would like to know why.

“We don't really know,” says Carriage House Executive Director Andy Wilson. “And we don't really know because we haven't really been told. There's been a bit of a laundry list, a circular laundry list of concerns but each of those concerns was addressed.”

Until the Medicaid funding issue is decided Carriage House will operate on about half its usually $900,000 annual budget. About half that amount comes from Medicaid, the other half from private contributions.

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