A provision in the health care reform bill approved by the U.S. Senate on Christmas Eve could lead to a lawsuit.
Thirteen state attorneys general said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid they will sue if the provision to exempt Nebraska from paying Medicaid expenses other states would have to pay, according to the CNS News Service.
The “Cornhusker Kickback,” as the provision is known, forces taxpayers in other states to pay for the increase in Nebraska’s Medicaid population, the attorneys general say.
Different versions of health care reform have passed both houses of Congress and now must go to conference committee for reconciliation, followed by a final vote.
Read more about health care reform in the states in the January/February issue of Capitol Ideas, The Council of State Governments new magazine.