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Antonin Scalia
Supreme Court bars judges from setting Medicaid rates

The Supreme Court barred doctors, dentists and druggists Tuesday from going to court to fight cutbacks in Medicaid payments in California and other states. The justices' 5-4 decision in a case from Idaho held that the Medicaid Act, which offers healthcare to low-income people, does not authorize medical providers to go to court if they believe a state's reimbursements are too low. Tuesday's ruling reverses a decision from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which has repeatedly blocked California from making cutbacks in its Medicaid payments. It is not clear what effect the ruling will have on the Medicaid program because significant cutbacks are...