COPIES OF OVER 1,500 DSS FAIR HEARING DECISIONS NOW AVAILABLE ON DSS WEBSITE
January 9, 2019
As a result of a settlement agreement between the CT Chapter of NAELA (CT NAELA) and the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), DSS has created a searchable database of redacted decisions of all long-term care Medicaid Fair Hearing Decisions issued after January 1, 2013. Click Here to access these decisions.
Prior to the settlement of this case, DSS refused to provide copies of Fair Hearing Decisions and claimed that Fair Hearing Decisions were part of individuals’ Medicaid eligibility files and constituted client data and/or personal health information that is protected from disclosure. In August of 2017, CT NAELA filed a Complaint in Federal Court against the DSS in which CT NAELA requested injunctive and declaratory relief against the Commissioner of DSS for failing to make available to the public copies of decisions after administrative fair hearings. With financial and legal support from the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and after years of hard work by individual officers and board members of CT NAELA, DSS agreed to settle the Federal case by agreeing to create and update a searchable database of all long-term care Medicaid Fair Hearing Decisions issued after January 1, 2013. The Settlement was approved by the Court on November 29, 2018.
The Connecticut Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys membership is comprised of attorneys in the private and public sectors who deal with legal issues affecting the elderly and disabled. Our vision is to be the recognized leader inspiring and empowering attorneys to enhance the quality of life for the elderly. We invite Connecticut attorneys who practice Elder law or who hold themselves out as an Elder Law Attorney to join NAELA and CT NAELA and to participate in our committees, legislative outreach and seminars.