Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced his office has joined an 8-state coalition to file a civil rights lawsuit against Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Chiquita Brooks-Lasure, opposing a new rule that allows greater compensation for doctors who implement an “anti-racism” plan. Two private doctors are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
“Critical race theory has no place in the health profession. The Biden administration is pushing its anti-racism agenda on healthcare workers who just want to do their job,” Attorney General Schmitt said. “There is no place for race-based decision-making in medicine, and I will not allow providers to be penalized for refusing to bow to extremism.”
Health providers who do not submit an “anti-racism” plan will be reimbursed at a lower cost, which will increase costs for states and their citizens.
State plaintiffs say the rule, which the lawsuit says is a violation of the Medicare Access and Chip Relicensing Act of 2015, encourages “decision-making based on race in medicine” while “decreasing the quality and availability of medical care”. Missouri, along with the other states “prohibit racial discrimination in their laws and agreements with medical providers,” so this rule will put states in a bind as they attempt to enforce their racial discrimination laws. without penalizing medical providers who submit “Anti-Racism” plans to be reimbursed for higher installments.
In addition to Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana and Montana have joined the lawsuit. Dr. Amber Colville of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and Dr. Ralph Alvarado of Winchester, Kentucky, with support from Do No Harm, conducted the trial.
The petition can be read on this link.