New Hampshire AG Says Hospitals Don't Have Right to Certain Levels of Medicaid Payments

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Ten New Hampshire hospitals are suing the state, claiming it is violating the federal Medicaid Act by providing inadequate reimbursement and reducing healthcare access for the poor, but the state attorney general recently said the hospitals do not have the right to expect certain levels of Medicaid payments, according to a New Hampshire Union Leader report.

The hospitals brought the lawsuit to the U.S. District Court in July, claiming Medicaid cuts were made for state budgetary reasons while the costs of treating Medicaid patients were not factored. The budget cuts totaled $115 million over two years.

Attorney General Michael Delaney, in a motion to dismiss the case, contended the non-profit hospitals have generated large operating profits, spent generously on executive salaries and have funded multimillion-dollar construction projects in recent years, the report said. Hospitals have not shown irreparable harm as a result of the Medicaid cuts, the state argued.

Since the lawsuit was filed, the involved hospitals have laid off roughly 800 employees while reducing several services, according to the report.

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