Sebelius Says Medicaid Copay Class Is Punishing Good Deeds

Law360, Washington (June 26, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT) -- U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday asked an Arizona federal judge to toss claims against her in a putative 123,000-member class action over higher Medicaid copayments, saying the case is punishing her and Medicaid for trying to expand coverage.

Four Arizona residents filed the suit in May on behalf of 123,000 recipients of Arizona Medicaid support, alleging HHS has allowed the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System to illegally raise copay rates on low-income state residents since 2003, despite a 2011 appellate...
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