Thursday, April 4, 2013

Douglas v. Independent Living Center of Southern California (linked with Douglas v. Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital)

Douglas v. Independent Living Center of Southern California is seeking to find out if physicians, hospitals, and pharmacies have the right to sue California over its cuts to Medicaid payments. In 2008 and 2009, California cut its Medicaid reimbursements. After they did this, an alliance of medical providers challenged these cuts. District courts blocked with preliminary injunctions.

The injunctions were upheld by the 9th Circuit. They found that the state did not do enough studies before they cut payments. California appealed to the Supreme Court. “Schwartz is arguing on behalf of Toby Douglas, the director of California's Department of Health Care Services. The case was her first before the high court, and she argued alongside Deputy Solicitor General Edwin Kneedler.” This case was argued on October 3rd, 2011 and was decided on February 22nd, 2012. Five vacated and four remanded.

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