Provider groups oppose Supreme Court review of California Medicaid case

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The Supreme Court should not review a ruling that blocked a 10% across-the-board cut to California Medicaid providers. That is the opinion of a group of national provider groups.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that California illegally implemented a reimbursement rate reduction to hospitals and Medi-Cal providers. The court blocked the cuts, agreeing with providers that the federal Supremacy Clause pre-empts state laws. California is seeking to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

In a letter to Acting Solicitor General Neal Kumar Katyal, a number of groups including the American Health Care Association and the American Hospital Association, argued against a Supreme Court review of the case. The Ninth Circuit's decision "is consistent with decades of Supreme Court precedent,” and a review is neither appropriate nor necessary, according to the national provider groups.