Gregoire won’t appeal to Supreme Court over ruling on Medicaid cuts; case brought by SEIU now goes to trial
Gov. Chris Gregoire said Monday she won’t appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in order to defend budget cuts she sought in 2011. The cuts were challenged in court by 14 disabled people who saw a cut in assistance from state-paid home-care aides in March 2011, and the Democratic governor now plans to let the state take its chances at trial in U.S. District Court.
Gregoire said in a statement that state concerns – about being able to make budget cuts in Medicaid without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act – were addressed in a letter from the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services dated Oct. 22, or Monday.