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Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

The state Department of Public Welfare will delay proposed copayments for families of children with disabilities who get Medicaid coverage.

“The department has always preferred the option of applying a premium to this program and will be working with stakeholders who have come to us in support of a premium as opposed to the copayment,” said department Secretary Gary Alexander.

The change was part of an overhaul to state welfare benefits that the General Assembly approved last year in a cost-cutting move. Families whose income exceeds 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines are affected.

The change was to take effect this month for newly eligible beneficiaries and Nov. 1 for current beneficiaries.

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