Attorney General Suthers Comments On U.S. Supreme Court Decision In Medicaid Case

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today issued a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to deny certiorari in the case Mandy R. v. State of Colorado.

Mandy R. addressed the question of whether the State of Colorado is responsible for directly providing care services under federal Medicaid law, or if the State meets its responsibilities by providing funds to pay for those services. In denying certiorari, the Supreme Court deferred to the judgment of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, which had previously affirmed the State’s position that it is meeting its federal obligations.

“We’re pleased with the Court’s decision,” Suthers said. “Protecting the developmentally disabled is an important function of government. However, cases like this demonstrate that the State’s role is justly limited to a financial obligation. Had the District Court’s ruling been reversed, Colorado taxpayers would have been required to pay millions in construction costs for publicly funded facilities. The Supreme Court has wisely left in place the lower court’s ruling.”

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