PUBLIC INTEREST LAW CENTER OF PHILADELPHIA Overview
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Programs: For over a decade, the Law Center and its clients have devoted substantialfinancial and human resources to ensuring that states throughout the nationprovide prompt and effective medical services for poor children in accordancewith federal law. In Title XIX of the Social Security Act, Congress imposed anexplicit obligation on states to furnish medical assistance to children "withreasonable promptness to all eligible individuals." Each state participating in Medicaid, in exchange for the federal governmentpaying a percentage of the cost, agrees promptly to provide all medicalservices necessary to eligible children, including comprehensive preventivecare, and agrees to set rates at the level necessary to assure sufficientdoctors and dentists participate. In the cases brought by the Law Center,plaintiffs allege and prove that state officials are not complying with theseobligations. We are currently litigating cases in Michigan, Oklahoma andFlorida. These cases build on our successful suit in Pennsylvania settled in1995.
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