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Aug 3, 2016 3:20 PM

NH Supreme Court: Don't count disabled kids' benefits as family funds

The Associated Press

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Supreme Court says federal money for children with serious disabilities shouldn't be used to meet the basic needs of other family members.

The case involved two moms, Carrie Hendrick and Jamie Birmingham, who sued the state to challenge recent rule changes after the income their children receive due to disabilities was used to calculate welfare benefits for the whole family.

A lower court sided with the state, but the high court on Tuesday sided with the women. The justices said the 2012 and 2013 rules violate the state Constitution.

The women were represented by the New Hampshire Legal Assistance.

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