Department of Social Services

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA

MARCIA ELENA QUINTEROS HAWKINS, ALICIA FRANKLIN, VANESSA LACHOWSKI, and KYANNA SHIPP, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated,

                     Plaintiffs,

                    v.

MANDY COHEN, in her official capacity as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services,

                      Defendant.

____________________________________

 

Civil Case No.:  5:17-cv-00581-FL

 ATTENTION MEDICAID BENEFICIARIES: NOTICE OF YOUR RIGHTS UNDER HAWKINS v. COHEN

Hawkins v. Cohen (5:17-CV-581 E.D.N.C.) is a federal lawsuit filed in 2017 on behalf of Medicaid beneficiaries in North Carolina. The case concerns improper terminations of Medicaid benefits.

 The Court hearing the case has certified it as a class action. This means that the case is to help not just the people who filed the case but other Medicaid beneficiaries whose Medicaid has been or will be terminated improperly. 

The Court has ordered the N.C. Medicaid agency to stop terminations or reductions of Medicaid benefits until eligibility under all Medicaid categories has been considered and advance notice of the right to a hearing has been mailed to you.   For example, if you get Medicaid based on having a minor child who is turning eighteen years old, your county Department of Social Services must consider whether you are disabled before they stop your Medicaid.

If you have any questions about this lawsuit or about your rights, you may contact the attorneys who filed the case, the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy. You can reach these lawyers by calling this toll free number: 1-800-936-4971. You can also send the lawyers an email at Hawkinsinfo@charlottelegaladvocacy.org.

You also may contact these lawyers if you want to report that you lost your Medicaid without a decision that you were no longer eligible for Medicaid under any category or without receiving advance written notice that your Medicaid would stop. There is no cost to you for any help that these lawyers provide to you.


EN EL TRIBUNAL DE DISTRITO DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS

PARA EL DISTRITO ESTE DE CAROLINA DEL NORTE

 

MARCIA ELENA QUINTEROS HAWKINS, ALICIA FRANKLIN, VANESSA LACHOWSKI, y KYANNA SHIPP, en nombre de ellos mismos y todos los demás situados de manera similar,

 

                     Demandantes

 

                    V.

 

MANDY COHEN, en su capacidad oficial como Secretaria del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Carolina del norte,

 

                      Acusado.

____________________________________

  

Caso civil N°: 5:17-CV-00581-FL

 ATENCIÓN BENEFICIARIOS DE MEDICAID: AVISO DE SUS DERECHOS BAJO HAWKINS v. COHEN

Hawkins v. Cohen (5:17-CV-581 E.D.N.C.) es una demanda federal presentada en 2017 en nombre de los beneficiarios de Medicaid en Carolina del Norte. El caso se refiere a terminaciones inadecuadas de beneficios de Medicaid.

El Tribunal que ha oído el caso lo ha certificado como una demanda colectiva. Esto significa que el caso es para ayudar no solo a las personas que presentaron el caso, sino a otros beneficiarios de Medicaid cuyo Medicaid ha sido o será cancelado indebidamente. 

El Tribunal ha ordenado a la agencia de Medicaid de N.C. que detenga las terminaciones o reducciones de los beneficios de Medicaid hasta que se haya considerado la elegibilidad bajo todas las categorías de Medicaid y se le haya enviado un aviso de su derecho a una audiencia por correo. Por ejemplo, si usted recibe Medicaid basado en tener un niño menor de dieciocho años, el Departamento de Servicios Sociales en su condado debe considerar si usted es discapacitado antes de que terminar su Medicaid.

Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre esta demanda o sobre sus derechos, puede ponerse en contacto con los abogados que presentaron el caso, el Centro de Apoyo Legal en Charlotte. Puede comunicarse con estos abogados llamando a éste número gratuito: 1-800-936-4971. También puede enviar un correo electrónico a los abogados a Hawkinsinfo@charlottelegaladvocacy.org.

También puede contactar a estos abogados si desea reportar que perdió su Medicaid sin una decisión que ya no es elegible para Medicaid en cualquier categoría o sin recibir un aviso por escrito que su Medicaid se detendría. No hay ningún costo a usted por cualquier ayuda que estos abogados le proporcionen.

 

 The Pasquotank County Department of Social Services is dedicated to assisting individuals and families in need of basic economic support and to providing opportunities for those individuals to become self-reliant through provisions of supportive services.

We encourage the right to self-determination and strive to provide services in a responsive and compassionate manner while maintaining the dignity and integrity of the individual. Toward this end and in cooperation with other public and private entities, we seek to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Pasquotank County.

Our Mission
Foster Personal Responsibility
Improve Quality of Life
Protect our vulnerable Citizens

Board of Directors

Dr Andrea R Williams
Dr William R Sterritt
Nancy B Muller
Bill Trueblood (Chairman)
Ziner J Alexander (Vice chair)

Director of Social Services
Melissa Stokely
melissa.stokely@pcdss.com

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Elizabeth City, NC 27909

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