CDA disappointed with Supreme Court Medicaid ruling
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that providers cannot sue states or state officials in an effort to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates. In a 5-to-4 decision, justices indicated that complaints about low reimbursement rates should instead be filed with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the Medicaid program.
The ruling, which stems from the Idaho case Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center Inc., is a blow to health care providers who have sought injunctive relief to reimbursement cuts implemented by states. Noting that the decision leaves providers without sufficient remedies to resolve reimbursement issues, dissenting justices stated, “The Court’s error today has very real consequences.”