- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court is letting stand a lower court’s ruling requiring Arizona’s Medicaid program to provide broader coverage for incontinence briefs for disabled people.

The justices on Monday declined to review the ruling issued last May by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal.

The ruling stemmed from a lawsuit filed by the Arizona Center for Disability Law. The suit challenged the state’s policy of providing incontinence briefs only to treat skin problems and infections and not to prevent those problems.

A federal judge ruled in 2012 that the state’s Medicaid plan had to provide the briefs.

The appeals court upheld that ruling but struck down a requirement that Arizona retroactively pay for the briefs.



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