Lankford v. Sherman, Western District of Missouri and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Executive Summary

Medicaid beneficiaries in Missouri challenged a regulation which eliminated coverage for many items of durable medical equipment, such as nebulizers, catheters, suction pumps, apnea monitors, and wheelchair accessories or scooters. Coverage was eliminated even where a medical provider said the devices were medically necessary. Without this equipment, plaintiffs and individuals throughout the state were at risk of increased illness and suffering.


Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services, Law Offices of Thomas E. Kennedy, St. Louis University School of Law Legal Clinic, Gateway Legal Services, AARP Foundation Litigation, Justice in Aging (Formerly National Senior Citizens Law Center), National Center for Law and Economic Justice, Assistive Technology Law Center

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