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Making AHCCCS a hand up, not a hand out

Ducey today unveiled his new plan for AHCCCS, which includes co-pays, premiums, work requirements and wellness incentives. The proposal revolves around AHCCCS CARE, a sort of health savings account for some Medicaid patients. (The new acronym stands for Choice, Accountability, Responsibility and Engagement.)

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Tax or no tax?

Attorneys squared off in Maricopa County Superior Court today for the long-awaited oral arguments in Biggs v. Betlach, the Medicaid expansion case. Perhaps the most pressing issue in the oral arguments was whether the hospital assessment, used to fund the state’s share of the cost of the 2013 expansion program, should be considered a tax.

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Slow your roll

Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said it’s too early for Farley or anyone else to sound the alarm about whether state agencies will be denied the restoration of previous cuts in FY17, despite a projected $266 million surplus. For that matter, Scarpinato said it would be premature to start making decisions about the surplus funds at all.

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Memo to House pages: Be prepared

Shooter yesterday (July 27) told our reporter that he and Montenegro have agreed to swap seats, at least for the 53rd Legislature. The move will let Montenegro, who is termed out of the House, run for the Senate without an incumbent-on-incumbent primary battle. Shooter quipped that the “House will be damn lucky to get me.”

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RUCO chief: Cost shift resolution shouldn’t wait

In a clear break from his predecessor, RUCO Director David Tenney suggested that the Corp Comm immediately tackle the issue of “cost shift” associated with rooftop solar instead of waiting to handle it in a rate case, which takes a comprehensive look at issues in a judicial setting before deciding to raise utility rates.

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Senate President Lesko?

The career path for Lesko does not necessarily lead to the Corp Comm – at least not immediately, a Capitol railbird told our reporter yesterday. The source said there is a very short list of senators who can succeed Biggs as Senate President, and Lesko sits atop it.

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Kicking the can four weeks down the road

The final vote on the Clean Elections Commission’s proposed independent expenditure reporting rule will wait until Aug. 20, as the commission today agreed to recirculate the proposal for additional public comment due to changes it made at the recommendation of former Commissioner Louis Hoffman.

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