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Arizona judge to consider partial Medicaid freeze

A judge holds a hearing Thursday afternoon on a request for an order to block Arizona’s planned partial enrollment freeze for the state’s Medicaid program.

The hearing will be held by Judge Mark Brain in Maricopa County Superior Court. At issue is whether the state can stop enrolling childless adults with incomes over the Medicaid federal limit.

The partial freeze on new enrollments and re-enrollments is scheduled to take effect Friday, but the state is also awaiting federal clearance on an implementation plan for the eligibility reduction that includes the partial freeze.

The partial freeze is among cost-saving measures that Gov. Jan Brewer’s administration is implementing to help balance the state budget for the fiscal year that begins Friday.

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