Judge Rules in Favor of Arizona Medicaid Cuts
A judge ruled that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer can legally reduce enrollment in the state’s Medicaid program as a means to balance the budget. The state has barred childless adults with incomes above the federal limit for Medicaid from either enrolling or re-enrolling in the program; a move that is projected to save $207 million this year. In 2000, state voters passed a ballot measure to increase Medicaid eligibility above federal minimums. Public interest law firms sued the state, on behalf of low income residents, arguing that these eligibility reductions violate state constitutional protections.
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