SacBee: 9th Circuit says California illegally cut medical aid to poor

John William Springs, a retiree who gets nearly $12,000 a year in Social Security and disability checks, is $1,300 above the poverty threshold: officially, not poor.
Published: Saturday, Jul. 6, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 8, 2013 – 7:57 am

A federal appeals court Friday struck down California’s 2009 cuts of health care for the rural poor, which were made to save money while the state was in the throes of a budget crisis.

The state’s position was that coverage of adult dental, podiatry, optometry and chiropractic services for poor people in rural and other underserved areas is not mandatory under the federal Medicaid Act, and thus could be halted.

Not so, said a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Reversing a holding by a federal trial judge in Sacramento, the panel ruled the state statute authorizing the cuts “impermissibly eliminates mandatory services from coverage.”

After an association of rural clinics and a Central Valley health center challenged the state’s 2009 cuts, U.S. District Judge Frank C. Damrell Jr. – now retired – ruled the slashed services are optional under the Medicaid Act, and he granted summary judgment in the state’s favor in 2010.

 

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One Response to “SacBee: 9th Circuit says California illegally cut medical aid to poor”
  1. Medical aid is vital and you should really get covered.

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