Class Action Lawsuit Alleges that Florida is not Living up to Medicaid Standards for Children


A class-action lawsuit, filed in 2005 on behalf of the Florida Pediatric Society, Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and all residents of Florida under the age of 21 who presently or in the future would be eligible for Medicaid, is expected to be argued in Miami soon. The suit accuses the state of Florida of violating federal Medicaid standards. Among other accusations, the suit claims that in 2007 nearly four hundred thousand children on Medicaid did not receive a medical check-up, and that three quarters of a million children on Medicaid did not receive any dental care.

Industry experts point to the fact that Medicaid payout rates are much lower than those for private insurers; that means that many doctors and dentists simply do not accept Medicaid patients. In many cases, Medicaid patients are forced to wait four times as long for an appointment as privately insured children.

Medicaid was designed so that low income children would have access to proper medical care. The fact that so many of them are still going without, points to a problem in the system. Hopefully this lawsuit will help pave the way for these children to get the care they are entitled to. Read more about the case and its allegations at Florida accused of violating Medicaid standards.