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Partial freeze for Medicaid taking effect

Dr. Gary C. Richter, M.D., talks with medicaid patient Johnnie Mae McClendon Friday July 1, 2011 about a procedure in his office in Atlanta, Ga. Payments to doctors in Georgia who treat Medicaid patients are being cut as the state wrestles with the loss of hundreds of millions of federal stimulus dollars. Gov. Nathan Deal had originally proposed a 1 percent cut to health care providers, excluding hospitals, to take effect on the July 1 start of the fiscal year.(AP Photo/Joey Ivansco)

A partial eligibility freeze for Arizona’s Medicaid program takes effect Friday.

Arizona is now not allowing new enrollments in the non federally mandated part of its program that serves childless adults.

The change is being made as part of a package of changes to save $500 million to help balance the new state budget.

The state had planned to bar new signups for the childless adults starting last Friday.

However, a delay in federal consideration of the state’s implementation delayed the start for a week.

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