In August 2017, the NAELA Connecticut Chapter requested a grant as it sought injunctive and declaratory relief against the Connecticut Department of Social Services for failing to make available to the public copies of Medicaid decisions after administrative hearings. The Foundation approved a grant of $10,000 to the Connecticut Chapter in the matter of CTNAELA, et al. v. Bremby
Prior to the settlement of this case, DSS refused to provide copies of Fair Hearing Decisions and claimed that Fair Hearing Decisions were part of individuals’ Medicaid eligibility files and constituted client data and/or personal health information that is protected from disclosure. With financial and legal support from the NAELA Foundation and after years of hard work by individual officers and board members of CT NAELA, DSS agreed to settle the Federal case by agreeing to create and update a searchable database of all long-term care Medicaid Fair Hearing Decisions issued after January 1, 2013. The Settlement was approved by the Court on November 29, 2018.
Update as of January 2019 -- As a result of a settlement agreement between CT NAELA and the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), DSS has created a searchable database of redacted decisions of all long-term care Medicaid Fair Hearing Decisions issued after January 1, 2013. The decisions may be found by entering the keywords “Administrative Hearings Decisions” in the “Search Department of Social Services” on the Home screen of the DSS website. This will bring you to a searchable database. The database may also be accessed here.