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Plaintiff's Objection to Defendant's Motion to Dismiss

Plaintiff's Objection to Defendant's Motion to Dismiss

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UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTFORTHEDISTRICTOFNEWHAMPSHIREDARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCKCLINICANDMARYHITCHCOCKMEMORIALHOSPITAL,D/B/ADARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK,etaI.,Plaintiffs,CIVILACTIONNo.ll-cv-358-SM
v.
NICHOLASA.TOUMPAS,inhisofficialcapacityasCommissioneroftheNewHampshireDepartmentofHealthandHumanServices,Defendant.
PLAINTIFFS'OBJECTIONTODEFENDANT'SMOTIONTODISMISSCOUNTSI,II,III,ANDIV
Plaintiffs,Dartmouth-HitchcockClinicandMaryHitchcockMemorialHospital,d/b/aDartmouth-Hitchcock;ElliotHealthSystemanditssubsidiaries,ElliotHospitaloftheCityofManchester,ElliotPhysicianNetwork,andElliotProfessionalServicesNetwork,Inc.;CatholicMedicalCenter;Wentworth-DouglassHospitalanditssubsidiary,Wentworth-DouglassPhysicianCorporation;ExeterHospital,Inc.,anditssubsidiaries,CorePhysicians,LLC,ExeterHealthcare,Inc.,andRockinghamVNA
&
Hospice;SouthernNewHampshireHealthSystemanditssubsidiaries,SouthernNewHampshireMedicalCenterandFoundationMedicalPartners,Inc.;St.JosephHospitalofNashua,N.H.;LRGHealthcared/b/aLakesRegionGeneralHospital;CheshireMedicalCenter;FrisbieMemorialHospital(collectively,"ProviderPlaintiffs"),byandthroughtheircounsel,NixonPeabodyLLP,andJohnDoe,byandthroughhiscounsel,Orr
&
Reno,P.A.,objecttotheDefendant'sMotiontoDismissCountsI,II,III,andIV.Insupportofthisobjection,thePlaintiffsstatethefollowing:
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I.
TheDefendanthasmovedtodismiss,assertingthatthePlaintiffscannotmaintainCountsI,II,III,andIVfortheircomplaintbecausetheunderlyingfederalstatutesdonotconferonPlaintiffsasprivaterightofaction.2.CountsI,II,andIIIofthePlaintiffs'complaintallegethattheStatehascreated,andtheDefendanthasenforcedandapplied,statutesandreimbursementratereductionsinconsistentwith42U.S.c.
§
1396a(a)(30)(A)ofthefederalMedicaidAct.3.CountIVofthePlaintiffs'complaintallegesthattheStatehasimplementedthesestatutesandreimbursementratesbeforemakingthempartoftheStatePlan,contrarytothedictatesof42U.S.c.1396(a)(b)and42C.F.R.§430.12.4.PlaintiffsdonotassertthatthefederalstatuteswhichformthebasisforCountsI,II,III,andIVcreateprivaterightsofaction.
s.
Rather,PlaintiffsassertthatthesefederalstatutespreemptinconsistentStatelawandregulation,renderingthechallengedstatutesandreimbursementratesunconstitutional6.TheUnitedStatesSupremeCourt,theFirstCircuitCourtofAppeals,andothercircuitanddistrictcourtshaveheldforover100yearsthat
ExparteYoung
andtheSupremacyClauseprovidePlaintiffswithanimplied,affirmativecauseofactiontochallengeStatelaws,regulations,orpoliciesthatconflictwithfederallaw.7.Accordingly,PlaintiffshavestatedacauseofactioninCountsI,II,III,andIVoftheircomplaint.8.PursuanttoLocalRule7.1(a)(2),amemorandumoflawinsupportofthisobjectionissubmittedherewithandincorporatedbyreference.
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9.PursuanttoLocalRule7
.1
(d),thePlaintiffsnotethatthisCourthasscheduledahearingon,
interalia,
theissuesraisedintheDefendant'sMotiontoDismissCountsI,II,III,andIVforDecember8,2011.WHEREFORE,PlaintiffsrespectfullyrequestthisHonorableCourt:A.DenytheDefendant'sMotiontoDismiss;B.Grantsuchfurtherreliefasmaybejustandequitable.Respectfullysubmitted,
PROVIDERPLAINTIFFS,
BytheirAttorneys,
NIXONPEABODYLLP
Dated:October28,20II/s/W.ScottO'Connell
W.ScottO'Connell,EsquireN.H.BarNo.9070GordonJ.MacDonald,EsquireN.H.BarNo.11011EmilyP.Feyrer,EsquireN.H.BarNo.20434900ElmStreet,14thFloorManchester,NH03101-2031(603)628-4000soconnell@nixonpeabody.comgmacdonald@nixonpeabody.comefeyrer@nixonpeabody.com
JOHNDOE,
Byhisattorney,
ORR
&
RENO,P.A.
/s/William
L.
ChapmanWilliam
L.
Chapman,EsquireN.H.BarNo.397OneEagleSquareConcord,NH03302(603)224-2381wchapmanC(4orr-reno.com
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