This article will provide an overview of the extent to which state and local government entities must provide medical care for the poor and ways to enforce these obligations. Delineation of specific medical assistance program responsibilities requires careful review of the legislative intent and statutory purpose. Remedies for state or local failure to meet statutory or constitutional obligations to provide indigent medical care will be discussed in the enforcement section.
Michael A. Dowell, State and Local Government Legal Responsibilities to Provide Medical Care for the Poor, 3 J.L. & Health 1 (1988-1989)