On June 8, the U.S. Supreme Court (“SCOTUS) preserved the right of Medicaid beneficiaries to sue state officials in federal court for violating provisions of the Medicaid Act. Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote the 7-2 majority opinion. This important decision preserves a critical tool for advancing community integration and helps people get the medical and mental health services they need.
SCOTUS reaffirmed the private right of action to enforce public program guarantees and disability rights. It explained the need for individuals, particularly individuals with disabilities, to have the ability to sue state and local governments in order to hold them accountable when their civil rights are violated under Medicaid and other public programs.
Read the full opinion here (https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/22pdf/21-806_2dp3.pdf).