Nebraska Medicaid exemption raises legal questions
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Jan. 18, 2010
A provision in the Senate health system reform legislation exempting Nebraska from having to pay for its share of a proposed Medicaid expansion has led to some legal backlash.
A group of state attorneys general on Dec. 30, 2009, threatened to sue federal lawmakers if they fail to strike the exemption, saying it is constitutionally unfair and would overburden the remaining states left to shoulder Nebraska's share while still covering their own Medicaid responsibilities. Attorneys general in 11 states sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D, Nev.) calling for them to kill the provision (link).
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