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U.S. Supreme Court decision could curtail Medi-Cal lawsuits
U.S. Supreme Court decision could curtail Medi-Cal lawsuits

During California's budget crisis, attempts to cut costs by reducing public services often became tied up in litigation. But on Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court significantly curtailed that legal avenue for advocates protesting spending cuts. The justices, in a 5-4 decision, said healthcare providers could not sue when they think Medicaid rates in their state are too low. Writing in the majority opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia said doctors, pharmacists and others would have to register their objections with federal authorities who oversee the Medicaid program rather than file lawsuits. Lynn Carman, a San Francisco lawyer who has represented California pharmacists and founded the...

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