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From Johnny@21:1/5 to All on Thu May 5 14:22:01 2022
By Brian Flood
Published May 5, 2022
A pair of respected doctors, with the support of Do No Harm, filed a
civil rights lawsuit against Secretary of Health and Human Services
(HHS) Xavier Becerra and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
(CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-Lasure challenging a rule that
allegedly provides financial incentives for doctors who adopt an
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District
of Mississippi Gulfport Division and obtained by Fox News Digital,
argues that a new rule released by CMS and HHS which enables higher compensation for doctors who adopt an "anti-racism" plan violates the
Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. Several states
have joined the lawsuit, including: Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas,
Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, and Montana.
Mississippi-based Dr. Amber Colville and Kentucky-based Dr. Ralph
Alvarado, a Republican State Senator, feel racial discrimination of any
kind has no place in medicine, but the plan encourages doctors to
consider race as the primary factor in care over individualized medical treatment.
"What they're asking me to do is to start asking first, ‘What race are you?’ Or, you know, ‘What ethnic background?’ and drive my care based
off of that first, which is contrary to the oath I took as a doctor,’ Alvarado told Fox News Digital. "I don’t want to think about my
patient’s race first and foremost."
"This is another example of a discriminatory and illegal policy
advocated by the likes of Ibram X. Kendi being imposed on our health
care system," Do No Harm chairman Dr. Stanley Goldfarb said in a
statement. "These ‘anti-racism plans’ erode trust in medical
professionals and will undermine the health and wellbeing of all