The Continuing Viability of Medicaid Rights after the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005

Yale Law Journal Pocket, Vol. 117, 2009

5 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2008 Last revised: 13 Feb 2009

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Harper Jean Tobin

National Senior Citizens Law Center

Rochelle Bobroff

National Senior Citizens Law Center

Date Written: February 9, 2009

Abstract

In a recent Note in the Yale Law Journal, Jon Donenberg argues that (1) program changes in Medicaid ushered in by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 sub silentio rendered Medicaid's basic availability provision unenforceable under 42 U.S.C. 1983, and (2) state fair hearing procedures constitute the best remaining alternative for beneficiary enforcement of Medicaid rights. This response argues that Donenberg misreads both the DRA and 1983 jurisprudence, overstates the usefulness of fair hearings, and overloks the better alternative of preemption claims to enforce the Medicaid Act.

Suggested Citation

Tobin, Harper Jean and Bobroff, Rochelle, The Continuing Viability of Medicaid Rights after the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (February 9, 2009). Yale Law Journal Pocket, Vol. 117, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1295418

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