When we discover an legal issue that is important to low-income Mainers that cannot be resolved through policy changes in the legislature or state administrative agencies, sometime we file lawsuits against the state to effect change. Read about our most recent lawsuit here.
Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Legal Immigrants Denied MaineCare: Hans Bruns vs. Commissioner, Maine Department of Health and Human Services
Maine Equal Justice Partners, along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and Jen Archer, an attorney with the Portland law firm of Kelly, Remmel & Zimmerman, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Maine in April 2012, challenging a recent Maine law that limits MaineCare coverage for certain legal immigrants.
The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Hans Bruns, a 65-year old man suffering from cancer. The suit claims that terminating MaineCare benefits to legal immigrants solely based upon their status as immigrants violates the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The 14th amendment protects all persons, including legal immigrants, from unlawful discriminatory state actions. The lawsuit seeks to have the federal court declare the law unconstitutional. It also seeks to have MaineCare benefits reinstated for Mr. Bruns and the approximately 500 other people who have been cut off from full MaineCare benefits.