U.S. Supreme Court Preserves Rights for Medicaid Patients in Landmark Decision

In a significant win for Community Health Centers and Medicaid recipients, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in favor of the right of people in safety net programs to seek federal court protection if their health care and other essential benefits are jeopardized. The Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling in Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County v. Talevski that curbed the rights of Medicaid beneficiaries to sue states. This landmark ruling has far-reaching implications for Community Health Centers and the millions of Medicaid patients who rely on them for medical care. The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) played a key role in the case, filing an amicus brief urging the Court to uphold section 1983 and recognize its significance for the nation’s health centers.