Hall, et al. v. Sebelius, et al., No. 11-5076 (D.C. Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Plaintiffs sued the Government, seeking to disclaim their legal entitlement to Medicare Part A benefits for hospitalization costs. Plaintiffs wanted to disclaim their legal entitlement to such benefits because their private insurers limited coverage for patients who were entitled to Medicare Part A benefits. Plaintiffs preferred to receive coverage from their private insurers rather than from the Government. The district court granted summary judgment for the Government because there was no statutory authority for those who were over 65 or older and receiving Social Security benefits to disclaim their legal entitlement to Medicare Part A benefits. The court understood plaintiffs' frustration with their insurance coverage. But based on the law, the court affirmed the judgment of the district court.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on May 30, 2012.