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Bruns v. Mayhew

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
750 F.3d 61 (2014)


Facts

The federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (the Act) restricted the eligibility of non-U.S. citizens for Medicaid. In 1997, the State of Maine (defendant) passed a law extending state benefits to non-U.S. citizens ineligible for Medicaid under the Act. The Act granted states discretion to pass such laws. In 2011, however, Maine ended these state benefits. Aliens residing in Maine (plaintiffs) brought suit, alleging the termination of the state benefits violated their equal protection rights under the Fourteenth Amendment. The district court denied the plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction. The plaintiffs appealed.

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