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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Advocates are blaming legislators for a change that means the severely mentally ill in group homes may end up with nowhere to live because of an issue involving Medicaid payments.

Those advocates are holding a rally Wednesday in front of the Legislature to call for action by the governor and lawmakers. They say about 2,000 people with mental disabilities could be on the street Jan. 1 because lawmakers didn’t include group homes in legislation that protected residents of adult care homes.

Rep. Nelson Dollar told The News & Observer of Raleigh that legislators are willing to consider changing the law to make group homes eligible for Medicaid replacement money. But a month would pass between when the Legislature resumes Jan. 30 and when funding rules change.