FLINT, Mich. – Citing the impending, wrongful termination of thousands of low-income women from Plan First! Medicaid coverage, Center for Civil Justice has filed a lawsuit in federal court on June 23 on behalf of three Michigan women. The lawsuit seeks to require the State to continue providing these low-income women with Plan First! Medicaid until it properly determines these women’s eligibility for other Medicaid programs, as required by federal law. The lawsuit requests class action status to provide relief for all affected women.
The lawsuit names James K. Haveman, Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health and Maura D. Corrigan, Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services as defendants. In addition to seeking a moratorium on Plan First! terminations until eligibility for alternate coverage is determined, the lawsuit also requests that the defendants provide affected women with constitutionally adequate pre-termination notice and the opportunity for a pre-termination hearing.
“The State’s refusal to follow the law by terminating these low-income women will have very serious consequence on their lives and health,” said Katie Linehan, staff attorney for Center for Civil Justice.
Plan First! is a Michigan-based Medicaid program that currently provides coverage to low-income women for family planning services. The State plans to terminate this program effective July 1, leaving tens of thousands of enrolled women without any healthcare coverage. Despite being scheduled for termination from Plan First!, many of these women are eligible for other Medicaid programs, such as the new and far more comprehensive Healthy Michigan Plan. The Healthy Michigan Plan was established as part of Medicaid expansion earlier this year. Women terminated from Plan First! and who have not been approved for alternate coverage will be forced to pay medical costs out of pocket.
The Center for Civil Justice is a non-profit group advocates on behalf of low-income clients. More information about the case can be found on CCJ’s website at www.ccj-mi.org. Women who are on Plan First! and have questions about the lawsuit may contact the Center for Civil Justice at (810)244-8044 or (800)724-7441.
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