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Sides agree to drop Arkansas doctor's Medicaid suit

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 5, 2013 at 4:46 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas doctor convicted of possessing child pornography has agreed to drop a lawsuit he filed to challenge a law that bans him from receiving payments under the state Medicaid system.

A document filed in federal court in Little Rock on Thursday says Dr. Lonnie Joseph Parker could refile the court action. Parker has maintained his innocence despite the child pornography conviction.

Lawyers for the state and Parker didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Last month, a judge refused to grant Parker's request that would have allowed him to be paid for treating Medicaid patients while his challenge to the law proceeded.

After learning that Parker collected nearly $500,000 in Medicaid payments, legislators this year passed a law banning registered sex offenders from drawing fees from the program.

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