United States Supreme Court
456 U.S. 188 (1982)
William McClure (plaintiff) filed a claim for medical reimbursement under Part B of Medicare, which provided insurance coverage to seniors and the disabled. Part B did not require a showing of financial need and was administered by private insurance carriers with federal subsidization. After his claim was denied, McClure requested a hearing before the insurance carrier to challenge the denial. Hearing officers were typically selected by the carrier, and some hearing officers would be former or current employees of the carrier. Hearing officers were qualified and had thorough knowledge of Medicare programs and the relevant law. A hearing officer’s decision was not subject to any further review. Following an adverse decision by a hearing officer on his Part B claim, McClure brought a class-action suit against Secretary of Health and Human Services Richard Schweiker (Secretary) (defendant) in federal district court, arguing that the hearing violated the Due Process Clause. Both parties moved for summary judgment. The district court concluded that the Part B hearing procedures were unconstitutional for two reasons: (1) the close ties between the hearing officers and the insurance carriers posed too great of a risk of bias against claimants, and (2) due-process considerations weighed in favor of providing a hearing before one of the Secretary’s administrative law judges (ALJs). The district court held that the class members were entitled to new hearings before an ALJ. The Secretary appealed to the United States Supreme Court, which noted probable jurisdiction.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Powell, J.)
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