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Republicans stand by transplant funding cuts (access required)

Like many states grappling with record-breaking budget deficits, Arizona has had to cut back on its health care and social services. What makes Arizona unique is the extent it has gone to save money — by restricting coverage of certain transplant procedures, arguing that they are optional or palliative. Yet the cuts are putting vulnerable Arizonans at risk of dying without the money to pay for procedures that may save their lives.

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