Trial date set for Florida Medicaid unwinding challenge

A federal judge in Florida has set a May 13 trial date for a lawsuit filed by two families accusing the state of terminating their Medicaid coverage without proper notice or a chance to contest the decision. 

The bench trial will be heard by U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard, according to court records filed April 12. 

The lawsuit was filed in August alleging that the families' due process rights were violated and are asking a Florida federal court to stop the state from disenrolling people from the program "until timely and legally adequate notice of termination has been provided to them."  

The lawsuit alleges the families received confusing notices from the state's Medicaid agency, according to the report. It further alleges the notices were several pages long, included conflicting information from one section to another and did not clearly explain why coverage was ending or what steps could be taken to challenge the decision.

As of April 11, 1.4 million people in Florida have been disenrolled during the Medicaid redetermination process, according to data from KFF. Of those disenrolled, 57% were because of procedural reasons. Florida has the eighth-lowest percentage of residents disenrolled for procedural reasons. The national average is 69%. 

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