Arkansas Doctor Fights Law Barring Money To Offenders

Sep 16, 2013

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. Lonnie Joseph Parker 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 se offender from providing Medicaid services in the state.

The measure was introduced after a legislative audit noted that Parker had received more than $489,000 in Medicaid payments.

Parker 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, Parker argues the restriction violates his constitutional rights.