Maine is joining three other states in a
suit against the federal government over new Medicaid rules.
Maine Attorney General Steven Rowe says Medicaid case management
rules would harm Medicaid enrollees and cost Maine’s general fund
The suit filed in U.S. District Court in the District of
Columbia names the Department of Health and Human Services and
Secretary Michael Leavitt as defendants. Rowe says Maryland, New
Jersey and Oklahoma are joining Maine in the suit.
The states allege that portions of the revised rules violate the
2005 Deficit Reduction Act and parts of the Social Security Act.
Jeff Nelligan of Medicare and Medicaid Services says the
government has no response at this time.
The federal department has maintained that the case management
rules were revised in part because of improper billing of Medicaid
by the states.