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Case Name Pitts v. Greenstein PB-LA-0001
Docket / Court 3:10-cv-00635-JJB-SCR ( M.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
Special Collection Olmstead Cases
Attorney Organization NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Steve Gold
Case Summary
IN 2010, after Louisiana proposed a reduction in available nursing hours as part of Louisiana Medicaid's Long-Term Personal Care Services (LT-PCS) program, the plaintiffs filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. The named Plaintiffs, seeking to represent a ... read more >
IN 2010, after Louisiana proposed a reduction in available nursing hours as part of Louisiana Medicaid's Long-Term Personal Care Services (LT-PCS) program, the plaintiffs filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. The named Plaintiffs, seeking to represent a class of similarly situated individuals with disabilities, had each been approved for about 40 in-home nursing hours through the LT-PCS program. The proposed cuts would cap nursing hours at 32. The Plaintiffs alleged that this reduction would put them at risk of unnecessary institutionalization in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (under the Supreme Court precedent, Olmstead v. L.C.) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Plaintiffs also argued that the state had provided inadequate notice of the changes in violation of the Medicaid Act and the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The State filed a motion to dismiss (October 21, 2010) which was later converted (in December 2010) to a motion for summary judgment, seeking to resolve the case in their favor before trial. In April 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a Statement of Interest in support of the Plaintiffs. On May 18, 2011, Judge James J. Brady denied the Defendants' motion and allowed the case to proceed, and on June 6, 2011, Judge Brady certified the plaintiff class. After these plaintiff successes and a period of discovery, the parties settled.

In January 2012, the court entered a settlement agreement designed to meet the care needs of the plaintiff population. Under this agreement, the State promised to create enrollment slots so that the affected population could enroll (in an expedited fashion) in the Louisiana's Community Choice Waiver program to meet their home care needs. Recipients who are deemed eligible to receive the new maximum of 32 LT-PCS hours will be notified of the option of expedited enrollment in the CC Waiver instead. The agreement outlines the criteria for admission to the CC Waiver program and obligates the state to resolve such requests by June 30, 2012. The agreement is to be enforceable only until December 31, 2012, but the deadline will be extended if the state has failed to meet its obligations by that time.

On Jan. 18, 2013, the parties jointly moved to dismiss the case with prejudice, because both agreed that the conditions outlined in the Settlement Agreement have been met. On Jan. 29, 2013, Judge Brady dismissed the case.

Beth Kurtz - 11/26/2012
Andrew Junker - 10/29/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Benefit Source
Medicaid
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Content of Injunction
Reasonable Accommodation
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
Jurisdiction-wide
Disability
disability, unspecified
Integrated setting
Least restrictive environment
Mobility impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Deinstitutionalization/decarceration
Funding
Habilitation (training/treatment)
Individualized planning
Public benefits (includes, e.g., in-state tuition, govt. jobs)
Wait lists
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Medical care, unspecified
Medication, administration of
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Title XIX of the Social Security (Medicaid) Act, 42 U.S.C §1396
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are individuals with (mostly physical) disabilities who live alone and require Medicaid-funded personal care services (at least 40 hours of in-home nursing care) to assist them in daily activities.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Steve Gold
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2012 - 2012
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
3:10-cv-635 (M.D. La.) 01/09/2013
PB-LA-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/22/2010
PB-LA-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Memorandum of Law in Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss 11/11/2010
PB-LA-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification 12/20/2010
PB-LA-0001-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification 12/20/2010
PB-LA-0001-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 12/20/2010 (M.D. La.)
PB-LA-0001-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Memorandum in Opposition to Class Certification 01/10/2011
PB-LA-0001-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Reply to Defendants' Memorandum in Opposition of Class Certification 01/25/2011
PB-LA-0001-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Memorandum in Opposition to Motion for Summary Judgment 03/09/2011
PB-LA-0001-0011.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Separate Statement of Disputed Issues of Fact 03/09/2011
PB-LA-0001-0012.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Reply to Plaintiffs' Opposition to the Motion for Summary Judgment 03/30/2011
PB-LA-0001-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Statement of Undisputed Facts in Support of the Motion for Summary Judgment 03/30/2011
PB-LA-0001-0009.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Statement of Interest of the United States of America 04/07/2011
PB-LA-0001-0013.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Response to the Statement of Interest of the United States 04/13/2011
PB-LA-0001-0010.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Ruling on Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment 05/18/2011 (2011 WL 1897552) (M.D. La.)
PB-LA-0001-0025.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Complaint in Intervention 06/01/2011
PB-LA-0001-0015.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Ruling on Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification 06/06/2011 (2011 WL 2193398) (M.D. La.)
PB-LA-0001-0014.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Answer to the Complaint in Intervention 07/27/2011
PB-LA-0001-0016.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion for a Preliminary Injunction 09/27/2011
PB-LA-0001-0017.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Response in Opposition to the Motion for a Preliminary Injunction 10/28/2011
PB-LA-0001-0018.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Reply to Defendants' Response in Opposition to Motion for Preliminary Injunction 11/14/2011
PB-LA-0001-0021.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Settlement and to Redefine the Class and Incorporated Memorandum in Support 01/11/2012
PB-LA-0001-0020.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting the Joint Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Settlement and to Redefine the Class 01/12/2012 (M.D. La.)
PB-LA-0001-0019.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Motion for Order Approving Class Action Settlement and Ordering Compliance 02/15/2012
PB-LA-0001-0022.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 02/17/2012 (M.D. La.)
PB-LA-0001-0023.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Settlement Agreement 02/17/2012
PB-LA-0001-0024.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Brady, James J. (M.D. La.)
PB-LA-0001-0005 | PB-LA-0001-0014 | PB-LA-0001-0019 | PB-LA-0001-0023 | PB-LA-0001-0025 | PB-LA-0001-9000
Riedlinger, Stephen C. (M.D. La.) [Magistrate]
PB-LA-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Gold, Stephen F. (Pennsylvania)
PB-LA-0001-0001 | PB-LA-0001-0002 | PB-LA-0001-0003 | PB-LA-0001-0004 | PB-LA-0001-0007 | PB-LA-0001-0011 | PB-LA-0001-0012 | PB-LA-0001-0015 | PB-LA-0001-0017 | PB-LA-0001-0020 | PB-LA-0001-0021 | PB-LA-0001-0022 | PB-LA-0001-0024 | PB-LA-0001-9000
Hahn, Ellen Bentley (Louisiana)
PB-LA-0001-0001 | PB-LA-0001-0002 | PB-LA-0001-0003 | PB-LA-0001-0004 | PB-LA-0001-0007 | PB-LA-0001-0011 | PB-LA-0001-0012 | PB-LA-0001-0015 | PB-LA-0001-0017 | PB-LA-0001-0020 | PB-LA-0001-0021 | PB-LA-0001-0022 | PB-LA-0001-0024 | PB-LA-0001-9000
Vignery, Bruce (District of Columbia)
PB-LA-0001-0024 | PB-LA-0001-9000
Zeller, Kenneth Wayne (District of Columbia)
PB-LA-0001-0004 | PB-LA-0001-0007 | PB-LA-0001-0011 | PB-LA-0001-0012 | PB-LA-0001-0015 | PB-LA-0001-0017 | PB-LA-0001-0020 | PB-LA-0001-0021 | PB-LA-0001-0022 | PB-LA-0001-0024 | PB-LA-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Berns, Matthew (District of Columbia)
PB-LA-0001-0006 | PB-LA-0001-0008 | PB-LA-0001-0009 | PB-LA-0001-0010 | PB-LA-0001-0016 | PB-LA-0001-0018 | PB-LA-0001-0020 | PB-LA-0001-0022 | PB-LA-0001-9000
Brown, Caroline M. (District of Columbia)
PB-LA-0001-0006 | PB-LA-0001-0008 | PB-LA-0001-0009 | PB-LA-0001-0010 | PB-LA-0001-0016 | PB-LA-0001-0018 | PB-LA-0001-0020 | PB-LA-0001-0022 | PB-LA-0001-0024 | PB-LA-0001-9000
Coleman, Michael J. (Louisiana)
PB-LA-0001-0006 | PB-LA-0001-0008 | PB-LA-0001-0009 | PB-LA-0001-0010 | PB-LA-0001-0016 | PB-LA-0001-0018 | PB-LA-0001-0020 | PB-LA-0001-0022 | PB-LA-0001-9000
Daspit, Charles E. (Louisiana)
PB-LA-0001-0006 | PB-LA-0001-0008 | PB-LA-0001-0009 | PB-LA-0001-0010 | PB-LA-0001-0016 | PB-LA-0001-0018 | PB-LA-0001-0020 | PB-LA-0001-0022
Elliott, Neal Risley Jr. (Louisiana)
PB-LA-0001-0006 | PB-LA-0001-0008 | PB-LA-0001-0009 | PB-LA-0001-0010 | PB-LA-0001-0016 | PB-LA-0001-0018 | PB-LA-0001-0020 | PB-LA-0001-0022 | PB-LA-0001-9000
Humbles, Kimberly L. (Louisiana)
PB-LA-0001-0006 | PB-LA-0001-0008 | PB-LA-0001-0009 | PB-LA-0001-0010 | PB-LA-0001-0016 | PB-LA-0001-0018 | PB-LA-0001-0020 | PB-LA-0001-0022 | PB-LA-0001-0024 | PB-LA-0001-9000
Peisch, Philip (District of Columbia)
PB-LA-0001-0018 | PB-LA-0001-9000
Russo, Stephen Robert (Louisiana)
PB-LA-0001-0006 | PB-LA-0001-0008 | PB-LA-0001-0009 | PB-LA-0001-0010 | PB-LA-0001-0016 | PB-LA-0001-0018 | PB-LA-0001-0020 | PB-LA-0001-0022 | PB-LA-0001-9000
Other Lawyers Bagenstos, Samuel R. (District of Columbia)
PB-LA-0001-0013
Barkoff, Alison (District of Columbia)
PB-LA-0001-0013
Maisels, Amanda (District of Columbia)
PB-LA-0001-0013 | PB-LA-0001-9000
Nelson, James L. (Louisiana)
PB-LA-0001-0013 | PB-LA-0001-9000
Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)
PB-LA-0001-0013
Rush, Regan (District of Columbia)
PB-LA-0001-0013 | PB-LA-0001-9000
Wodatch, John L. (District of Columbia)
PB-LA-0001-0013
Wohlenhaus, Renee M. (District of Columbia)
PB-LA-0001-0013
Wolfe, Kathleen P. (District of Columbia)
PB-LA-0001-0013

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