Single Mom Files Class-Action Lawsuit Against the State

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A single working mother in Ogallala has filed a lawsuit accusing the state of refusing to give her temporary Medicaid benefits after she got a raise.

The class-action lawsuit was filed yesterday in federal court by the Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest.

Kelly Bowlin says she lost her Medicaid in January 2004 as a result of a $0.50 per hour raise from her employer.

The lawsuit says that Medicaid recipients who get raises that cause them to exceed income limits must be given "transitional benefits" so they can find alternative coverage.

Bowlin suffers from an unknown medical condition that causes abnormal and continuous menstrual bleeding.

HHS officials said they had not seen the lawsuit and declined to comment.