Court denies Maine Medicaid lawsuit, says to give CMS time to rule on cuts

Published on September 15, 2012 at 5:27 AM · No Comments

A federal appeals court rejected a Maine lawsuit Thursday and said the state -- which wants to cut 30,000 from its Medicaid rolls -- needs to allow the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services time to review its request.

Politico Pro: Court To Maine: Can You Be Patient?
A federal appeals court told Maine today that the state will have to be patient as CMS reviews the state's request to cut almost 30,000 people from the Medicaid rolls. Maine had asked the court to force CMS to make an immediate decision on the state's requested Medicaid changes, but a 1st Circuit Court of Appeals judge said today there's no need to rush (Millman, 9/13).

The Associated Press: Federal Court Rejects Maine's Medicaid Lawsuit
A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Maine's lawsuit that demanded swift action from the federal government on the state's Aug. 1 request to eliminate Medicaid coverage for more than 20,000 residents. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston declared the lawsuit premature because the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had 90 days -- until Nov. 1 -- by statute to consider Maine's waiver request (9/13).

In other Medicaid news --

The Associated Press: The Seattle Times: McKenna Touts Incentives To Save Money On Health Care
Attorney General Rob McKenna said Thursday he wants to tap Washington's creativity and use financial incentives to encourage doctors and consumers to save the state money on health care. At a news conference on Thursday across the street from the University of Washington Medical Center, the Republican candidate for governor also said he expects to negotiate with the federal government to give the state more flexibility on Medicaid. McKenna said he doesn't want to push anyone off the free or low-cost health insurance for those who can't afford private insurance, but he also doesn't want to make Medicaid so attractive that some people who have insurance through work will switch to Medicaid if they are eligible (Blankinship, 9/13).

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