This week we honor and celebrate the Center for Medicare Advocacy’s pro bono partners, who support our mission of advancing access to Medicare and quality health care. Law firms that contribute their time, expertise, and resources expand the Center’s capacity to litigate on behalf of beneficiaries.
Today we highlight Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, which has provided extraordinary assistance for several years on Alexander v. Azar, a nationwide class action. The case seeks appeal rights for Medicare beneficiaries who are placed on “observation status” at hospitals, a designation that can cost beneficiaries thousands of dollars. The Center’s partnership with Wilson Sonsini led to a successful trial last summer. The court made an important finding that Medicare coverage is protected by the U.S. Constitution and that the Medicare agency is violating the due process rights of many older adults and people with disabilities who are placed in “observation.” As the litigation continues on appeal, we remain grateful to Wilson Sonsini and the Alexander team for their ongoing assistance and unparalleled commitment to pro bono service.