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New England Journal of Medicine


Volume 364, Issue 16

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Medicaid--legislation & jurisprudence; State Government; Supreme Court Decision; Medicaid & SCHIP; Access to Health Care; Legal; Case Law


The Medicaid program is grounded in a statute that is one of the most complex of all federal laws. An insurer of more than 60 million people — and poised to begin serving 16 million more by 2019 — Medicaid will be reexamined this year, in all its legal complexities, by the U.S. Supreme Court, which has agreed to hear California's appeal in the case Maxwell-Jolly v. Independent Living Center of Southern California. The Court's ruling could fundamentally alter states' accountability to beneficiaries and providers when their official conduct allegedly violates Medicaid's essential federal requirements.

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