Dr Morgan, a dentist in Portland, Maine, has filed a lawsuit against his own state, saying that he was injured by the actions of his own department and is suing for dental reimbursement.
Dr Morgan’s lawsuit, filed in Maine Superior Court, alleges that his dentist was negligent in failing to follow the state’s rules and that he should be compensated for lost income.
The lawsuit seeks to force the state to change the rules, and also asks that the state pay for his medical expenses.
The state’s dental practices are not regulated by the state of Maine.
Dr Horace K. Sperling, chief deputy commissioner of the state Department of Health and Human Services, said he could not comment on pending litigation.
He said he was not aware of the lawsuit.
Dr Sperning said in a statement: “As we have stated many times before, our state is committed to ensuring that all dental patients receive quality care and are provided the best dental care possible.”
The state has been under scrutiny in recent months over its decision to end its Medicaid dental care program.
The program provides about $50 billion in dental care for more than 16 million residents.
The state has since changed the rules governing Medicaid to require all dental practitioners to have Medicaid-covered health insurance.
The agency’s rulemaking committee last year decided to end the program in the face of growing complaints from the public about the lack of transparency and oversight.
The agency had been working on the rulemaking process for several years.