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Case Name New York v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services PB-NY-0038
Docket / Court 1:20-cv-05583 ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Public Benefits / Government Services
Case Summary
This case is about the legality of the June 19, 2020 rule issued under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Act). On July 20, 2020, twenty-two states and the District of Columbia (States) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The ... read more >
This case is about the legality of the June 19, 2020 rule issued under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Act). On July 20, 2020, twenty-two states and the District of Columbia (States) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The states sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C § 706), alleging violations of rights protected under the equal protection clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The States sought vacatur of the rule, declaratory and injunctive relief, and attorneys’ fees.

The States alleged that the 2020 rule arbitrarily and unlawfully denied health care rights guaranteed under Section 42 U.S.C. § 18116 (Section 1557 of the Act). Section 1557 prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in health services that received federal financial assistance, such as programs or insurance. The 2020 rule (1) restricted the definition of sex discrimination to exclude protections against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, (2) narrowed the scope of protected health programs to exclude health insurance, (3) removed the language notifying individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) of their rights to language services in healthcare settings, and (4) created a broad religious exemption.

The case was assigned to Magistrate Judge James L. Cott. The States filed a motion for partial summary judgement on September 10, 2020. On September 17, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the States, asserting the House’s interest in the non-discriminatory implementation of the Act.

On September 22, 2020, the court denied the States’ motion for partial summary, on the grounds that it was premature due to an incomplete administrative record. The court ordered HHS to provide the relevant administrative record by October 16, 2020 and scheduled a telephone conference for October 29, 2020.

The case is ongoing.

Zofia Peach - 09/23/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Due Process: Substantive Due Process
Equal Protection
Defendant-type
Hospital/Health Department
Discrimination-basis
Gender identity
Pregnancy discrimination
Sex discrimination
Sexual orientatation
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Gay/lesbian/transgender
Government Services (specify)
Language access/needs
Plaintiff Type
State Plaintiff
Causes of Action Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 551 et seq.
Defendant(s) United States Department of Health and Human Services
Plaintiff Description Maryland, Vermont, District of Columbia, North Carolina, California, Virginia, New York, Oregon, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Minnesota, Delaware, Massachusetts, Illinois, Michigan, Rhode Island, Nevada, New Jersey, Hawaii, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Maine, Connecticut
Class action status sought No
Class action status outcome Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 07/20/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
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Court Docket(s)
S.D.N.Y.
09/13/2020
1:20-cv-05583
PB-NY-0038-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
S.D.N.Y.
07/20/2020
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
PB-NY-0038-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
S.D.N.Y.
09/17/2020
Brief of U.S. House of Representatives as Amicus Curiae in Support of Plaintiffs [ECF# 2]
PB-NY-0038-0002.pdf | External Link | Detail
Source: Public.Resource.Org
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Judges Hellerstein, Alvin K. (S.D.N.Y.) show/hide docs
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