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Idaho Sued Over Medicaid Waiver Cuts

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Idaho Sued Over Medicaid Waiver Cuts

February 10, 2012

Last Friday, U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered Idaho to increase the Medicaid budgets for12 individuals until the matter is settled in court.The individuals are suing the state after the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare cut their Medicaid benefits by as much as 40% and then refused to tell them why.


All of the plaintiffs receive Medicaid benefits through a waiver for individuals with developmental disabilities ,according to numerous news accounts.Legal aid attorney Ritchie Eppink brought the lawsuit against the state’s Department of Health and Welfare for refusing to disclose why the state cut their Medicaid benefits.


The state initially claimed it could not explain why the benefits were cut because “the formula is a trade secret”and it “is barred from releasing the formula under the state’s public records law.”


For more information,read "H&W claims ‘trade secret,’ won’t tell disabled patients why their benefits were cut - now they’resuing,” published by The Spokesman-Review.