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Federal Court Finds Massachusetts Medicaid Violates Federal Law Regarding Children's Dental Services

Federal Court Finds Massachusetts Medicaid Violates Federal Law Regarding Children's Dental Services

July 15, 2005

U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel ruled today that the Massachusetts Medicaid Program violates federal law in the conduct of its dental program for 450,000 low income children in the Commonwealth.

In the case of Health Care For All v. Governor Mitt Romney, Judge Zobel concluded: "Plaintiffs have demonstrated that defendants violated sections of the Medicaid Act that require prompt provision of services, adequate notice and treatment at reasonable intervals and that these violations result, in part, from insufficient reimbursement. The parties shall attempt to develop a joint remedial program and judgment and report to the Court thereon by August 31, 2005.”

The suit was filed in 2000 in response to repeated problems faced by families in obtaining dental services for poor children. You can read Judge Zobel's decision by clicking here. Background on the case is available here. Congrats to HCFA's crack law firm, Health Law Advocates, for winning this case after five arduous years of work.

Question? Will the Commonwealth appeal the Judge's ruling or get to work fixing this embarrassment?