Massachusetts Suit Over Circumcision Medicaid Payments Fails

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[MM Curator Summary]: Low income families will still have access to circumcision services, much to the chagrin of far left wing anti-circumcision extremists.


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Several Massachusetts taxpayers lost a lawsuit to prohibit the state’s Medicaid agency from paying for neonatal male circumcisions, because they have no actionable claim under either federal or state law, a state appeals court said.

Private citizens don’t have a right to enforce a state regulation precluding MassHealth from paying for services that aren’t medically necessary, because the decision of what constitutes a medically necessary service is committed to the agency’s discretion, the Massachusetts Court of Appeals said.

The plaintiffs alleged that most circumcisions aren’t medically necessary and usually are done at the request of the parents for cultural or …


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