(Bloomberg) — U.S. Supreme Court justices weighed whether hospitals and other health care providers have the right to challenge Medicaid reimbursement rates set by states.

Hospitals, saying that low rates aren't covering their costs, argued in an Idaho case Tuesday that the Constitution allows them to contest their reimbursements under the Medicaid health insurance program for the poor.

Chief Justice John Roberts asked during arguments in Washington whether siding with hospitals and allowing such lawsuits from health care providers would put state budgetary decisions in the hands of federal judges.

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