3rd article As many as 2,200 patients and families have been waiting in line at Orthopedic Surgeons Inc. of San Francisco for treatment since the state announced the first patients would be able to receive the first doses of the next phase of its new Medicaid expansion.
But for some, waiting to see their loved ones or their doctor may be too long.
Many patients will have to wait until the third week of December, when the state will release the last of the state’s Medicaid expansion patients to the public.
“The first week, we’re going to let people get their prescriptions filled,” said Dr. Richard Dannemann, a co-director of the Orthopedics and Head and Neck Surgery Department at UCSF Medical Center.
“We’re going into a very busy time for people who are looking to get their coverage.”
In some states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania, patients must wait up to six weeks to see a doctor.
Some are taking the next step: They’re suing.
The families of one of the first Medicaid expansion beneficiaries, whose family had already been waiting weeks for treatment, filed a federal lawsuit last week.
They claim the state has breached their rights under the U.S. Constitution by not providing them with an adequate period of time to see and get their treatment.
“The Medicaid expansion is not the same as a state-sponsored health care program.
The expansion is a health care benefit, not a health insurance benefit,” said Daniel P. Bice, the attorney for the family, in a statement.”
It’s a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, which guarantees equal protection under the law.”
The lawsuit alleges that the state is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Americans With Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by denying patients the right to see or receive the treatment that they need.
The families have a history of waiting in long lines.
They filed a lawsuit against the state of New Jersey, seeking to force the state to expand Medicaid.
They also filed a suit against the Department of Health and Human Services in San Francisco, seeking an order that the hospital’s policies be changed to accommodate more patients.
The family said in the suit that they waited in line for more than two weeks to get an MRI or CT scan at the hospital in the months before the expansion became available.
They have said the state should have changed its policies to allow more patients into the hospital, but that they were denied because they didn’t have insurance.
They also said that the department of health and human services is refusing to allow them to get any of the treatments they requested.
A spokesperson for the department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of Human Services said the department is aware of the lawsuit and is reviewing it.
“We have been working closely with the state and patient families to ensure the best care possible,” said Sarah Pritchard, a spokesperson for Gov.
“While we have made progress in ensuring access to care, we continue to work to ensure that we protect the integrity of our Medicaid program.”
In addition to being the first state to enroll the first group of Medicaid expansion recipients, New Jersey also will become the first in the country to expand to all of its Medicaid enrollees by the end of March, the department said in a press release.