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Neb Woman Sues for Medicaid Coverage of Unborn

A Nebraska woman who is not eligible for state medical assistance because of her immigration status has sued the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for denying coverage to her unborn child under SCHIPS. According to local news accounts:

“Nebraska state government officials were sued in a similar case last year for cutting off prenatal care to more than 1,500 low-income pregnant women when they ended a program this year that provided Medicaid coverage for unborn children.

The class-action suit, also filed by the Nebraska Appleseed, alleged that the state acted outside its authority when ending the two-decade-old program.

More than 800 illegal immigrants and 700 legal residents lost Medicaid coverage in March 2010 after state officials said they were forced by the federal government to eliminate the one-of-a-kind policy because it broke Medicaid rules.

It allowed unborn children, not just their mothers, to qualify for Medicaid. That meant women who didn’t qualify for Medicaid — such as illegal immigrants — were allowed to get Medicaid-covered prenatal care.”

The case is Sarah Roe v. the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Resources et. al, CI- 11-3608, Lancaster County Dist. Ct.

Teresa Collett

Teresa Stanton Collett is a professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she teaches bioethics, property law, and constitutional law. A nationally prominent speaker and scholar, she is active in attempts to rebuild the Culture of Life and protect the institutions of marriage and family. She often represents groups of state legislators, the Catholic Medical Association, and the Christian Medical and Dental Association in appellate case related to medical-legal matters. She represented the governors of Minnesota and North Dakota before the U.S. Supreme Court as amici curiae regarding the effectiveness of those states’ parental involvement laws. She has served as special attorney general for Oklahoma and Kansas related to legislation designed to protect the well-being of minors and unborn children. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and has testified before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittees on the Constitution, as well as numerous legislative committees in the states.