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Schweiker v. Gray Panthers
United States Supreme Court
453 U.S. 34 (1981)
The United States Department of Health and Human Services, headed by Richard Schweiker (defendant), promulgated regulations for the administration of Medicaid benefits at the state level. States were permitted to determine an individual’s eligibility for Medicaid by including the income of the individual’s spouse as money available to the individual. Known as deeming, this practice had the effect of making some individuals ineligible for Medicaid and reducing the amount of assistance available to others. The Gray Panthers (plaintiff), a group that advocated for the elderly, brought suit, arguing that deeming was arbitrary and capricious. The district court declared the regulations invalid. The appellate court affirmed. The case was appealed to the United States Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Powell, J.)
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