Arizona Gov. Brewer begins Medicaid push, seeks support to extend coverage for 300,000 (Arizona Republic)


January 16, 2013 – Gov. Jan Brewer launched a campaign to expand Medicaid, appearing at Maricopa County’s safety-net hospital with health-care and business leaders to tout a federal law she once hoped to repeal. Brewer’s plan, if she can get reluctant Republican legislative leaders to go along, would extend health coverage to roughly 300,000 uninsured Arizonans by 2016. The federal law boosts funding for states that expand Medicaid to anyone earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $14,856 for an individual. To protect the state budget, the governor’s plan would pay for the state’s share of Medicaid through hospital assessments, or “bed taxes,” that would in turn draw down more federal funding.

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