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Health Care

Etter v. Banner Health

Wed, 05/24/2017

On May 1, 2017, the Center, working with Phoenix-based law firm Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint PC, filed a class action in federal court against Banner Health for denying coverage of standard treatment for autism-related spectrum disorder to employees and their dependents who are covered by the health system’s insurance.

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Biggs et al. v. Betlach et al.

Tue, 07/07/2015

This lawsuit was filed by disgruntled legislators over then-Governor Brewer’s decision to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to include individuals with incomes from 100% to 133% of the federal poverty level in 2012.  The expansion was approved by a majority of legislators but the legislators who voted against it claim that the enactment was invalid because the bill did not receive a 2/3 vote as required under Arizona’s constitution for a new tax. 

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Arnold v. Sarn

Mon, 05/21/2012

On January 8, 2014, the Center announced that a final resolution of  Arnold v. Sarn, the historic class action, filed in 1981which required the State of Arizona and Maricopa County to develop a full continuum of community mental health services to ensure that individuals with serious mental illness can live successfully in their community. The settlement agreement entered into by the Center, Governor Brewer and the Arizona Department of Health Services will significantly enhance the quality of and expand the capacity for community-based mental health services for thousands of people with mental illness, and provide for the termination of the long standing litigation.

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Fogliano v. Arizona

Thu, 08/11/2011

After the Arizona Supreme Court denied the Center’s motion for preliminary injunction and declined to accept jurisdiction in the special action filed to stop AHCCCS from implementing a freeze on the provision of health care benefits effective July 1, (see Roach et al. v. Brewer et al.), on June 27, 2011, the Center, along with the Morris Institute for Justice and the Arizona Center for Disability Law, filed a lawsuit against AHCCCS and the state of Arizona in Superior Court.    

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Roach et al. v. Brewer et al.

Mon, 05/30/2011

On May 23, the Center and the William E. Morris Institute for Justice filed a critically important lawsuit against Governor Jan Brewer's and the legislature's attempt to destroy Arizona's health care system. This lawsuit not only seeks to protect low income individuals who will lose all health care coverage if Brewer and the legislature have their way, but it also seeks to protect Arizona voters whose votes would otherwise be blatantly ignored by the Governor and legislature.

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J.K. v. Humble

Sun, 11/14/2010

The state of Arizona has repeatedly failed to meet its federal obligations when it comes to providing mental health and substance abuse treatment to Medicaid-eligible children. The Center was appointed as legal counsel in this case in 1991 to enforce federal laws requiring the state to provide children with nationally accepted standards for mental health care and substance abuse treatment.

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