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Lawmakers weigh reversals on budget cuts

Arizona legislators are poised to take up unfinished business related to the state budget and the federal health care overhaul.

A House committee on Wednesday will consider brand-new legislation to reinstate the KidsCare health care program for children and reverse a planned enrollment cut in the state’s Medicaid program.

The legislation would undo cuts included in the new state budget approved in March.

Those cuts must be undone for the state to remain eligible for Medical funding under terms of the recently approved federal health care overhaul.

While KidsCare would be reauthorized outright, reversal of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System eligibility reduction requires the state getting expected additional federal funding.

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