LITTLE ROCK (AP) - An Arkansas doctor convicted of possessing child pornography 13 years ago is suing the state over a new law that bars giving Medicaid money to convicted sex offenders.
Dr. _____ filed a lawsuit in federal court on Friday and asked a judge to block enforcement of the new restriction, which took effect Aug. 16. The law prohibits any registered sex offender from providing Medicaid services in the state.
The measure was introduced after a legislative audit noted that _____ had received more than $489,000 in Medicaid payments.
_____ was convicted in 2000 of possessing child pornography, but he has maintained his innocence. The state Medical Board in 2005 reinstated his license to practice medicine in Arkansas.
In the lawsuit, _____ argues the restriction violates his constitutional rights.