Stewart, et al. v. Azar
NAELA signed onto an amicus brief along with AARP, Justice in Aging, and Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) in Stewart, et al. v. Azar (the Kentucky Medicaid waiver case). The amicus argues that federal officials have granted the state of Kentucky a broad waiver of certain long-standing Medicaid protections and that this waiver does not assist in promoting the objectives of the Kentucky Medicaid program. From a broader and more immediate perspective, the concern is that the waiver will be used to terminate or reduce Medicaid coverage for tens of thousands of low-income Kentuckians from ages 19 to 64. More specific to NAELA, the concern is that enforcement of the waiver would lead to a dangerous precedent in other states, such as elimination of three-month retroactive coverage, and redefine the bounds of Medicaid waiver authority in a way that would negatively affect Americans traditionally served by the program.