Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Arizona House To Hold First Medicaid Expansion Hearing

MedicaidState lawmakers will hear their first testimony this afternoon on Governor Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Arizona’s version of Medicaid by around 300,000 people.  

The state’s share of the AHCCCS expansion would be financed by a new tax or fee on hospitals.  Emily Jenkins with the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers says the expansion would bring the state an additional $2-billion a year and save a lot of lives.

Opposition to the expansion has focused on the cost to the federal government, which is already deeply in debt.  But Jenkins says if Arizona does not take advantage of the funding, the money will go to another state.

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