Supreme Court rules Medicaid enrollees can sue states

June 08, 2023


Medicaid beneficiaries have the right to sue state agencies they allege break federal law, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The 7-2 decision reaffirms previous precedent that U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana challenged in 2020 when it dismissed a case against a county-owned nursing home accused of violating federal patient protection laws. The high court decision upholds a 2021 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. The case now returns to the district court.

The plaintiffs are the family of Gorgi Talevski, a now-deceased former resident of a nursing home operated by the Health and Hospital Corp. of Marion County, an Indianapolis-based, state-owned entity that includes the county public health department, skilled nursing facilities and a health system.

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