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Girl Hit by Truck Asks SCOTUS to Bar Florida Medicaid Claim

Sept. 16, 2021, 6:36 PM

An incapacitated Florida girl asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare that the state’s Medicaid agency can recover payments it made for her medical expenses only out of the part of a settlement designated to pay past costs.

Gianinna Gallardo was 13 when a truck struck her minutes after she’d stepped off a school bus. She’s in a persistent vegetative state and faces a lifetime of expensive care.

But $300,000 of her $800,000 personal injury settlement with the truck’s owner and driver has been claimed by Florida’s Medicaid agency for repayment of past medical expenses it paid on Gallardo’s behalf. ...