Monday, February 6, 2017

We Mourn the Passing of Founding Partner Bruce J. Terris

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.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Terris, Pravlik & Millian, LLP Will Provide Free Legal Help for Delayed Medicaid Applications or Problems with Medicaid Renewals

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

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Washington Post addresses decision in DL v. District of Columbia

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.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

District of Columbia Appeals Injunction that Requires Substantial Improvements to the District’s Provision of Special Education and Related Services

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.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Medicaid Implements New Procedures for Reimbursement of Out-of-Pocket Expenses, Following the Court’s May 18, 2015 Ruling

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.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Salazar Class Files Motion to Prevent the District from Improperly Terminating Medicaid Recipients at Renewal and from Making Applicants Wait More than 45 Days for Eligibility Determinations

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.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

D.C. Circuit affirms fee award rates calculated with the Legal Services Index (LSI) update to the Laffey Matrix.

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.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

New D.C. Circuit Ruling: Denial of Plaintiffs’ Prescription Drug Benefits at Pharmacy Is a Deprivation of a Protected Property Interest and Triggers Due Process Rights.

New D.C. Circuit Ruling: Denial of Plaintiffs’ Prescription Drug Benefits at Pharmacy Is a Deprivation of a Protected Property Interest and Triggers Due Process Rights.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Court found high pH contamination at PPG Waste Site may present an imminent and substantial endangerment to human health and the environment. Summary Judgment awarded to Plaintiffs.

In 2012, PennEnvironment and Sierra Club brought a citizen suit against PPG Industries, Inc. for contamination from PPG’s disposal of waste from its glass manufacturing plant in Ford City, Pennsylvania.  From 1949 to 1970, PPG disposed of waste slurry in its former sandstone quarry.  PPG created three slurry lagoons that cover approximately 77 acres (“SLA”).  From the 1920's to the 1970's, PPG also disposed of solid waste in another area of the Site.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Terris, Pravlik & Millian, LLP Is Pleased to Announce a New Partner

Terris, Pravlik & Millian, LLP takes pleasure in announcing the promotion of Todd A. Gluckman to partnership in the firm.  Mr. Gluckman became a partner in March 2015.  

Friday, January 23, 2015

1,000 District of Columbia Households May Lose Medicaid by January 31, 2015

Under the DC Department of Human Services (DHS) new Medicaid renewal system, some beneficiaries are automatically renewed, but others must complete a 19-page form or they will lose their Medicaid coverage.

DHS is reporting that a very low percentage of these forms have been returned and that about one thousand families are at risk of losing their Medicaid coverage effective January 31st.  As renewals continue over the next 12 months, the number of those impacted will continue to grow.

If you are eligible for Medicaid and receive a renewal (or recertification) form, you must fill it out and file it online at DC Health Link or take it to one of DHS's Economic Security Administration (ESA) Service Centers.  Get a receipt if you take the form to the ESA Service Center.

Set up a DC Health Link My Account by going to  This is for DC Medicaid too, not just private health insurance.

For assistance, you can call the DC Health Link Customer Service Line (855-532-LINK) or the ESA Customer Service Line (202-727-5355).

If you have trouble with the renewal (or recertification) form, cannot get through to DC Health Link or ESA, or are told by a medical provider that your DC Medicaid has ended, call us for free help:  Terris, Pravlik & Millian, LLP at (202) 682-0578.

There is a 90-day grace period following termination when you can renew and receive retroactive Medicaid coverage back to the date of termination. Therefore, it is important to take action as quickly as possible after termination so that you do not end up with gaps in coverage.

For further information use this link.  

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