FL Medicaid Child Care Lawsuit Nearing End

MIAMI (AP) _ A long-running lawsuit claiming Florida’s Medicaid program provided inadequate care to poor children is nearing an end after more than seven years.

Closing arguments are set for Monday and Tuesday before a Miami federal judge following a trial that spanned two years.

The lawsuit was filed in 2004 by Florida pediatricians and pediatric dentists as a class-action case representing some 1.7 million children.

The health providers say the state is violating federal law by not providing adequate medical and dental care to the youngest Medicaid recipients.

State officials have testified that children do in fact have adequate access to care and that the program’s problems have been exaggerated.

After the closing arguments it will be up to the judge to decide.

There’s no timetable for a ruling.