AUGUSTA (AP) — Adults in Maine with autism and intellectual disabilities will receive housing and other support services through the state’s Medicaid program thanks to the settlement of a class-action lawsuit.

The settlement, completed Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court, was welcomed by Gerald Petruccelli, the plaintiffs’ attorney.

He told the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1xRNOTx ) as many as 1,000 people could benefit from the agreement.

The suit filed in 2013 said some people who sought MaineCare services had been on waiting lists for years.

The Department of Health and Human Services said in response that there was not enough money to cover those services.

The state’s share of the cost of services to the people affected by the settlement is expected to be about $7 million.

A DHHS spokesman refused comment on the settlement.


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