COUNTY’S INTERPRETATION OF REGULATION WAS RATIONAL AND COULD NOT, THEREFORE, BE DISTURBED BY THE COURT; TIME LIMITS APPLICABLE TO ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS ARE DISCRETIONARY.
The Fourth Department determined Supreme Court properly determined the respondent county had timely notified petitioner of the denial of petitioner’s request for Medicaid overburden expenditures. If the denial had been deemed untimely, petitioner argued, the county would be required to pay. The court noted that the county’s interpretation of the relevant time limits was rational and therefore could not be disturbed by a court. The court further noted that, even if the time limits had been exceeded, denial of the claim would still have been proper because the time limits are discretionary in this context:
It is well settled that “the interpretation given to a regulation by the agency which promulgated it and is responsible for its administration is entitled to deference if that interpretation is not irrational or unreasonable” … . * * *
… [I]t is well settled that, “[a]bsent an express limitation upon the power of a particular agency to act after the expiration of the relevant statutory period, the time limits within which an administrative agency must act generally are construed as discretionary” … . As the Court of Appeals noted, ” [a] rule that rendered every administrative decision void unless it was determined in strict literal compliance with statutory [or regulatory] procedure would not only be impractical but would also fail to recognize the degree to which broader public concerns, not merely the interests of the parties, are affected by administrative proceedings’ ” … . Matter of County of Oneida v Zucker, 2017 NY Slip Op 00785, 4th Dept 2-3-16
MEDICAID (OVERBURDEN EXPENDITURES, COUNTY’S INTERPRETATION OF REGULATION WAS RATIONAL AND COULD NOT BE DISTURBED BY THE COURT, TIME LIMITS APPLICABLE TO ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS ARE DISCRETIONARY)/ADMINISTRATIVE LAW (COUNTY’S INTERPRETATION OF REGULATION WAS RATIONAL AND COULD NOT BE DISTURBED BY THE COURT, TIME LIMITS APPLICABLE TO ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS ARE DISCRETIONARY)