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Arizona Medicaid freeze on hold pending US action

A judge is refusing to block a partial enrollment freeze for Arizona’s Medicaid program, but the freeze is still being delayed as the state waits for federal officials to act on a proposed implementation plan.

Judge Mark Brain of Maricopa County Superior Court on Thursday refused to grant a temporary restraining order sought by opponents of the freeze.

The freeze on new enrollments and re-enrollments by childless adults with incomes above the federal Medicaid standard was scheduled to take effect Friday.

However, state officials say it on hold indefinitely.

They say they received word late Thursday that the federal government says it needs more time to consider the adequacy of the implementation plan.

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