Challenge to Receive Payment for Past Dental Claims Continues
Late this summer, California health centers prevailed in a long running legal challenge against the State. The Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Superior Court requiring that the Department of Health Care Services process and pay the claims of health centers that provided adult dental, podiatry, and chiropractic services during the period July 1, 2009 to September 26, 2013. Unfortunately, the State contends the dental lawsuit win only applies to named plaintiffs, not all FQHCs/RHCs and that the State will not agree to process and pay the claims of any health centers that were not named parties to the litigation.
In response CPCA organized a legal challenge with 21 health centers, all of which are contributing resources to support he effort.
Kathryn Doi with Hanson Bridgett, our contracted attorney, is preparing the motion to enforce the writ with respect to the health centers that were not named in the lawsuit and a hearing date is expected to be set for December. If we are successful in obtaining that order, the 60-day clock would begin to run for all FQHCs/RHCs from the date of that order (unless the State decides to appeal and then the timeline will be pushed further out).
This effort is only possible through the collective strength of members.
We’d like to acknowledge and thank the generosity of the following CPCA member health centers: