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Disabled man is killed; estate billed nearly $12M

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A spokeswoman for the New York state institution where a mentally disabled man's death has been ruled a homicide says officials were obligated to bill the man's estate almost $12 million for his care over 10 years or risk losing federal Medicaid funding.

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Spokeswoman Jennifer O'Sullivan says the state was following federal Medicaid obligations in seeking reimbursement recently from the estate of Rasheen Rose.

The 33-year-old man died two years ago at Fineson Developmental Center in Queens and his sister has filed a lawsuit accusing the staff of killing him. They deny any wrongdoing.

The New York medical examiner concluded Rose “became unresponsive” while being restrained and ruled his death a homicide. Investigators found no criminal conduct but the Queens prosecutor is leaving the case open.

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