PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The state Executive Office of Health and Human Services and 59 nursing homes agreed Wednesday to stay for one more day a lawsuit challenging the state's reduction in Medicaid reimbursement rates.

Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Lanphear on Friday agreed to put the lawsuit on hold through Wednesday as the state Supreme Court considers the matter.

The high court has not yet set a date to take the case up, according to courts spokesman Craig N. Berke.

Gregory Hazian, a lawyer for the state who has since resigned, failed to appeal Lanphear’s ruling in favor of the nursing homes’ challenge to Medicaid reimbursement cuts by the state Executive Office of Health & Human Services. That decision could cost the state $24 million over three years.

Lawyers for the state are asking the Supreme Court to review Laphear's ruling, arguing that it missed the actual deadline to seek a review deadline  due to “excusable neglect" resulting from Hazian's failure to alert his superiors to Lanphear's April 9 ruling.

They argue the state was not aware that Hazian — the lone state lawyer on the case — was removed in January from the master roll of lawyers maintained by the Supreme Court for failing to comply with continuing legal education requirements.

A forensic review of his computer determined that Hazian received notice of Lanphear’s ruling via email but deleted those messages from his inbox and trash, the state asserts.

The nursing homes object to that stance, asserting that the Supreme Court has held for decades that it will not grant review in cases in which the “watershed” deadline date has passed, lawyer Justin Shay said.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello told reporters Tuesday that he expected the lawyers on both sides of the high-stakes case to file a stipulation in court on Wednesday, dismissing the litigation after the parties reached a potential settlement. It is unclear where that possible resolution stands.