Westside Mothers v. Olsezewski (Mich.)


District Court Dismisses Initial Complaint

The District Court dismissed the initial complaint, endorsing an unprecedented argument that the Medicaid Act was a contract between the state and federal government and thus could not be enforced by lawsuits brought by children or their health care providers. After the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected that interpretation in 2002, the case returned to the District Court, where it was once again dismissed for lack of standing.