CHPW, CUP Motion For Injunction Against State Is Denied

A federal court judge in Tacoma denied a motion by Community Health Plan of Washington and Columbia United Providers to halt the state Medicaid RFP process.

The motion, which was outlined in a previous story on State of Reform, was part of a legal case the entities are bringing against the state.  According to a release from CUP, the case will now move forward to a full trial.

This week, a federal court judge ruled against Columbia United Providers’ (CUP) motion for injunction against the state of Washington.  The motion sought to halt the state’s efforts, which appear to have the effect of eliminating access to providers in Clark County for Medicaid beneficiaries.  The motion was brought in a joint effort by CUP and Community Health Plan of Washington in advance of a hearing on the merits of the case in a full trial.

While the CUP/CHPW case is now cleared to move forward to a full trial, CUP and CHPW are considering the merits of appealing the judge’s decision on this motion to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The judge’s decision can be read here.