Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee have sued the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to block a federal court ruling that would have required the states to pay more money to cover expenses related to an Ebola outbreak.
The lawsuit filed Thursday is the latest in a string of court actions aimed at preventing states from complying with the federal government’s Ebola funding request.
The states are challenging the ruling as well as a separate order by the U,S.
Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.
The 6th is the most conservative court in the country and the most likely to uphold a federal funding request under the Trump administration.
The governors said in the lawsuit that the federal request was based on a false premise that Georgia was not prepared to meet the federal requirements.
Georgia was among the states that sued the federal governments in December to block its funding request for health care for those in need.
Kentucky and other states are seeking to keep the state’s Medicaid program from ending in 2019.
Kentucky, however, has not been in compliance with the request, so the lawsuit was not a response to it.
“The federal government is trying to dictate to Georgia what it can and cannot do,” Georgia’s Attorney General Josh Hawley said.
“It’s really unfair to the state of Georgia.”
The suit asks the federal courts to declare the state ineligible for federal funding, to stop it from seeking reimbursement for medical care, and to order it to stop its Medicaid program.
Georgia is not the only state that has been trying to get federal money for its health care needs, but Hawley says the state has not received funding from the federal Government Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) for the first three months of fiscal year 2018, a period that began in October.
The state has been in court in an attempt to get GEMA’s funding to cover all its expenses.
The Kentucky and Georgia governments filed the lawsuit to halt any federal funding for the entire fiscal year until the state receives an answer to its claims.
The suit was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., and the suit asks for an order requiring the states not to continue to seek federal funds.
“We’ve been told repeatedly that we cannot make a case in the courts,” said Hawley, who is a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
“I want to see if they can get something out of us.
They’re not getting anything out of me.
They have no basis to sue me.
I’m just asking them to leave me alone.”