Monday, February 6, 2017
Plaintiffs’ counsel filed a motion for an award of litigation costs, including attorneys’ fees and related expenses, in DL v. District of Columbia, a class action related to special education services for preschool-aged children in the District of Columbia. Defendants are scheduled to file an opposition to that motion. In addition, subclass members may file objections to that motion. For additional detail, click here for a copy of the notice related to this motion. Click here for additional information regarding this case. Read more . . .
Monday, February 6, 2017
Bruce J. Terris, the founding partner of Terris, Pravlik & Millian, LLP, died at his home on February 3, 2017. He was 83. After a career with the Solicitor’s General’s Office in the United States Department of Justice, Bruce began his own public interest law firm in 1970. He was a hero of the environmental movement, representing environmental groups from Friends of the Earth, to Sierra Club, to the Hackensack Riverkeeper, among many others.Read more . . .
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
On July 12, 2016, the U.S. District Court entered an Order in the long-running Salazar v.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
If you or a client is waiting more than 45 days for a decision on a District of Columbia Medicaid application or has lost or is threatened with the loss of Medicaid coverage at renewal (also known as recertification), either without notice or after having turned in all required forms, call Terris, Pravlik & Millian, LLP at 202-682-0578 for free legal help or a referral. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read more . . .
Thursday, August 25, 2016
On July 12, 2016, the District Court entered an Order in the long-running Salazar v. District of Columbia class action case providing immediate relief to self-identified Medicaid applicants and beneficiaries who cannot access their benefits as a result of the District of Columbia government’s delays and errors in processing Medicaid eligibility applications and renewals.
First, the District must grant provisional eligibility to all individuals who inform the government that more than 45 days have elapsed without a determination on their non-disability application for Medicaid benefits. The District must grant provisional eligibility to such individual applicants until it makes an eligibility determination on the application and provides them written notice of the decision. Read more . . .
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
On June 24, 2016, the Washington Post addressed the decision in DL v. District of Columbia, and the District of Columbia's appeal of that decision, in an article titled, "Court rules D.C. underserves and underidentifies preschoolers with disabilities.Read more . . .
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Plaintiffs' counsel are very pleased with the injunction that the district court issued in DL v. District of Columbia on May 18, 2016, regarding special education and related services, and believe that it will have a positive and lasting impact on children with disabilities in the District. We had hoped that, rather than appealing, the District of Columbia would have focused its attention and resources on the needed improvements. Nonetheless, on June 16, 2016, the District appealed the decision to the United States Court of Appeals.Read more . . .
Thursday, May 26, 2016
In DL v. District of Columbia, on May 18, 2016, the district court found the District of Columbia liable for violating children’s rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and District law through November 12, 2015, and the Rehabilitation Act until March 22, 2010, and issued a sweeping injunction. The district court enjoined the District of Columbia from further violations of the IDEA and District law, and ordered specific corrective actions, including that the District ensure that (1) at least 8.5 percent of children between the ages of three and five who reside in the District or are wards of the District receive necessary special education and related services, (2) at least 95 percent of all children between the ages of three and five referred for special education services receive a timely eligibility determination, and (3) at least 95 percent of all children receiving Part C services (early intervention services for children up to three years of age) that are found eligible for Part B services (special education and related services for children ages three and older) receive a smooth and effective transition to those Part B services by their third birthdays.Read more . . .
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The District of Columbia has issued a new transmittal informing managed care organizations, providers, and the public about changes affecting reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses for Medicaid beneficiaries as a result of the District Court’s May 18, 2015, Memorandum and Order.Read more . . .
Thursday, January 14, 2016
On December 22, 2015, Terris, Pravlik & Millian, LLP, filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against the District of Columbia in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of the Salazar plaintiff class. The preliminary injunction seeks to ensure that no Medicaid applicant (non-disabled) waits longer than 45 days for a decision on an application for Medicaid benefits and that no Medicaid recipient’s coverage is improperly terminated as a result of the District’s inability to make correct and timely eligibility decisions at the time of renewal or recertification. The District of Columbia has until January 15, 2016, to respond.
Class counsel filed the preliminary injunction after hearing increasing concerns from class members, medical providers, and Medicaid advocates about the technological and other problems causing excessive delays for Medicaid applicants and improper terminations for Medicaid recipients. In addition, DC has announced that there will be no passive renewals for Medicaid for a period of time beginning on January 1, 2016.Read more . . .
Thursday, January 7, 2016
D.C. Circuit affirms award of attorneys’ fees to the Salazar class counsel in a civil rights case concerning the Medicaid program using rates calculated with the Legal Services Index (LSI) update to the Laffey Matrix.Read more . . .
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