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Mountain Regional Services, Inc. v. State ex rel. Department of Health

Supreme Court of Wyoming

May 29, 2014

MOUNTAIN REGIONAL SERVICES, INC., Appellant (Petitioner),
v.
STATE OF WYOMING, ex rel., DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, Appellee (Respondent)

Appeal from the District Court of Uinta County. The Honorable Dennis L. Sanderson, Judge.

Representing Appellant: Ariel C. Calmes and Mark W. Harris, Harris Law Office, P.C., Evanston, Wyoming. Argument by Ms. Calmes.

Representing Appellee: Peter K. Michael, Attorney General; Robin Sessions Cooley, Deputy Attorney General; Clyde W. Hutchins, Jr., Senior Assistant Attorney General. Argument by Mr. Hutchins.

Before KITE, C.J., and HILL, BURKE, DAVIS, and FOX, JJ.

OPINION

Page 183

BURKE, Justice.

[¶1] Mountain Regional Services, Inc., (MRSI) provides services to individuals who receive certain medical benefits administered by the Wyoming Department of Health. The Department issued a " Provider Bulletin" concerning these benefits, and MRSI filed a petition in the district court seeking judicial review of the bulletin. The Department filed a motion to dismiss, which the district court granted on the bases that the matter was not ripe and MRSI did not exhaust its administrative remedies before seeking judicial review. MRSI appealed the dismissal. We will affirm the district court's ruling.

ISSUES

[¶2] MRSI presents a single issue:

1. Did the district court act contrary to law when it dismissed MRSI's petition for judicial review for failure to exhaust administrative remedies?

The Department presents two issues:

1. Should MRSI's petition for judicial review be dismissed for lack of ripeness?
2. Should MRSI's petition for judicial review be dismissed for failure to exhaust administrative remedies?

FACTS

[¶3] Pursuant to the Wyoming Medical Assistance and Services Act,[1] Wyoming's Department of Health pays for medical services and supplies received by eligible adults and children with intellectual disabilities or acquired brain injuries. MRSI provides services to the individuals who participate in these programs. The Department establishes a budget for each individual who receives benefits through these programs. A request to increase the budget amounts may be submitted on behalf ...


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