In addition to our work to protect constitutional rights, the ACLU of Indiana brings cases involving civil rights laws that protect people with disabilities and those who receive Medicaid or other state and federal benefits.
A Fort Wayne mom who has early-stage Hepatitis C is one of thousands of individuals across Indiana whose lives could possibly be saved through an ACLU of Indiana class-action lawsuit filed in November, 2015.
People who receive federal Medicaid benefits through the state should not be denied medically necessary treatment.
Our case against the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration challenges FSSA's policy of denying a life-saving drug to certain Medicaid recipients who have early-stage Hep C, which the lawsuit claims violates federal Medicaid law.
In October 2015, the ACLU of Indiana brought a lawsuit against the Indiana Department of Child Services on behalf of a Greene County couple, Julie and David Arthur, who have been providing care for their three special needs grandchildren.
The lawsuit challenges a DCS decision to cut the Arthurs' benefits by about two-thirds once they adopt the children. The Arthurs are licensed foster parents who provide intensive care to the young children. The children suffer from a wide range of medical and behavioral disorders and require constant supervision, and the couple has had to cut back on their own employment to provide care.
Thousands of Hoosiers without means whose doctors ordered medically necessary dental treatments that exceeded a state-imposed cap on Medicaid services received relief from a federal appeals court ruling in 2012.
Lourrinne White is one of thousands of Hoosiers whose unlawful suspension of their driver's licenses had threatened to thrust them into poverty. But in 2012, following an ACLU of Indiana lawsuit against the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), White and thousands of others had their driving privileges reinstated.
Denials of due process, the right of privacy, and equal protection of the laws are all ways that the poor in our society have their constitutional rights violated every day.
Poverty is not just an issue of natural economic differences. Throughout our history, people have been denied equal treatment because of gender, race, ethnic background, religion, or physical defect or condition, which often results in a loss of economic and societal standing. In turn, the poor among us are continually subjugated to violations of their civil liberties, more so than any other economic class. A good example of this inequity is the continued attempt by lawmakers to require drug testing of people who receive public benefits.To be forced to forego elementary rights of privacy and decency in order to obtain financial assistance is improper and violates the fundamental precepts of a democratic society.