October 1, 2014
An advocacy group has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services over its Medicaid coverage for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Nebraska Appleseed says in the Friday filing in Lancaster County
District Court that the state routinely denies coverage of
medically necessary treatments that are allowed under federal
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two Nebraska children.
Nebraska Appleseed attorney James Goddard says there are many
other children who've been denied treatment for autism or
developmental disorders that their doctors say are medically
necessary. In some case, he says, parents relinquish custody of
their children to state in order to get the treatments.
Messages left Friday with the Department of Health and Human
Services weren't immediately returned.