Maine Residents Say Medicaid Cuts Breach ACA

Law360, New York (February 21, 2013, 1:36 PM EST) -- Disabled Maine residents launched a proposed class action in federal court Wednesday accusing the head of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department of improperly allowing the state to slash its Medicaid rolls in violation of protections in the Affordable Care Act.

The lawsuit takes aim at HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, holding her responsible for the agency’s January approval of Maine’s plan to halt coverage for certain individuals who turn to Medicaid to foot the bill for Medicare co-pays and deductibles.

Under the ACA’s so-called maintenance-of-effort...
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