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Hearing set on blocking Medicaid freeze

A court case on whether to block the state from implementing a partial enrollment freeze for the state’s Medicaid program will go down to the wire.

Judge Mark Brain of Maricopa County Superior Court has scheduled a Thursday hearing on a request by opponents of the partial freeze for a temporary restraining order to block it from taking effect.

Thursday is one day before the partial enrollment freeze is scheduled to take effect on Friday.

The partial freeze would block new enrollments or re-enrollments by childless adults with income above the federal eligibility standard.

The partial freeze is part of a package of steps being taken by Gov. Jan Brewer’s administration to save a projected $500 million in Medicaid costs to help balance the state budget.

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