High Court Decision Likely To Chill Medi-Cal Lawsuits
Experts say the decision tilts the legal landscape in future disputes between Medi-Cal and health care providers and their patients.
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. Supreme Court Decision Could Curtail Medi-Cal Lawsuits
During California's budget crisis, attempts to cut costs by reducing public services often became tied up in litigation. But on Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court significantly curtailed that legal avenue for advocates protesting spending cuts. The justices, in a 5-4 decision, said healthcare providers could not sue when they think Medicaid rates in their state are too low. (Megerian, 3/31)
The Sacramento Bee:
Supreme Court Ruling Limits Medi-Cal Lawsuits
For years, some of the nation’s biggest legal fights over how much government should pay doctors and other health providers to care for the poor played out in California. But on Tuesday, a U.S. Supreme Court decision in a case stemming from Idaho stood to limit those battles in the future. (Siders, 3/31)