4th Circuit: North Carolina Lien Provision Violates Federal Medicaid Law

RICHMOND, Va. - The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on March 22 overturned a federal trial court decision regarding a state Medicaid lien placed on a lump-sum medical malpractice settlement, saying the North Carolina third-party liability statutes do not comply with federal Medicaid law as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court in Arkansas Department of Health & Human Services v. Ahlborn (547 U.S. 268 (2006)) (E.M.A., a minor, et al., v. Lanier M. Cansler, in his official capacity as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, No. 10-1865, 4th Cir.; 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 5996).

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