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Suit Challenges Brewer's Proposed Medicaid Cuts

Posted by Dev Sethi | Apr 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

A lawsuit filed today with the Arizona Supreme Court challenges Gov. Jan Brewer's plan to cut Medicaid programs and in the process eliminate health care coverage for thousands of Arizonans. The lawsuit calls the cuts unconstitutional, arguing that the cuts violate a 2000 voter approved referendum, Prop 204, that conferred health care coverage to the poorest adults and children in Arizona.

The Special Action Complaint was filed on behalf of four Arizonans who currently receive Medicaid benefits. The Complaint, alleges that Gov. Brewer's proposed cuts are in direct violation of Prop 204, which guaranteed health benefits for all Arizonans who earn less tan 100% of the federal poverty guideline wage.

Gov. Brewer's proposed cuts that are the subject of this suit would eliminate coverage for approximately 250,000 individuals and save the State and expected $210 Million.

It is expected that the Supreme Court will decide today or tomorrow whether to hear the case.

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Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.


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