Kim E. Rinehart

Health Law Partners Publish Article on Medicaid Rates in Connecticut Law Tribune

May 11, 2015

Wiggin and Dana Partners Kim Rinehart and Maureen Weaver recently published an article in the Connecticut Law Tribune titled Ruling Restricts Ability to Change Medicaid Rates.

On March 31, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, holding that providers cannot sue under the Supremacy Clause to invalidate Medicaid rates that conflict with the Medicaid Act's requirements that rates be sufficient to support quality care and enlist enough providers to ensure equal service access to Medicaid recipients.

This decision removed one major avenue for providers to challenge the reasonableness of Medicaid rates. At a time when state budgetary concerns are driving the reimbursement rates for medical services provided to the neediest Americans, Armstrong is a blow to both Medicaid providers and patients.

To read the full article, click here.