The New York Times's front page story on the Levy brothers' abuse of the Medicaid system is going to have a long lasting and horrific impact on the developmentally disabled.
The Levy brothers run a non-profit organization, Young Adult Institute Network, that helps developmentally disabled individuals. Unlike other institutions that have been exposed for abusing their patients, this group has attracted top professionals and patients have been well cared for.
However, the Levy brothers have made themselves rich in the process. They have multiple homes, million dollars salaries, luxury cars and free tuition for their children — paid for in part with government dollars.
How did this happen? The reporter blames the state for inadequate oversight. Also, I'm sure that the Levy's rationalized their salaries and compensation, because private health care administrators are paid quite well.
This story is going to have a devastating impact on services. Services for the developmentally disabled, especially adults, are already substandard. We're in a political environment that would happily stop providing these services all together. The results will be more abuse in state run institutions and more disabled adults living with exhausted family members.
Thank you, Levy brothers!