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Medicaid foes launch effort to repeal expansion

Gov. Jan Brewer holds the newly signed Medicaid expansion bill as the bipartisan coalition of supporters who helped pass the bill applaud at the June 17 bill signing. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

The citizen referendum against Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion has begun.

The United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives, which is headed up by former Sens. Frank Antenori and Ron Gould, took out petitions for a citizen referendum this morning at the Secretary of State’s Office in Tucson. The group has until Sept. 11 to collect 86,405 valid signatures to refer Brewer’s expansion plan to the November 2014 ballot.

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Brewer gets her way (access required)

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House and Senate approve Medicaid expansion, ending months of debate

After a bitter and prolonged debate that ripped apart Republican majorities in the House and Senate, Arizona lawmakers approved Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion proposal and sent it to her for her signature.

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Poll shows majority GOP support for Medicaid expansion (access required)

Deep split among GOP lawmakers to AHCCCS expansion

A poll showing majority support for Medicaid expansion among GOP primary voters may be a ray of hope for Republican lawmakers who voted for the proposal at the request of Gov. Jan Brewer.

In a live-caller poll of 500 likely GOP primary voters conducted in late May by Public Opinion Strategies, a Virginia-based Republican polling firm, 53 percent of respondents said they supported Gov. Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage in Arizona. Only 40 percent of respondents said they opposed the plan. The poll had a +/- 4.38 percent margin of error.

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Senate passes Medicaid expansion, sending it to the governor (access required)

Republican Sens. Adam Driggs (left) and Bob Worsley huddle in conversation after the final vote to pass Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

The state Senate approved Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan on an 18-11 vote this afternoon, sending it to the governor for her signature.

The Senate's approval of Medicaid and a state budget occurred after the House of Representatives worked into the early morning hours to approve the budget and Medicaid plan, with supporters giving opponents the silent treatment through the entire discussion of the $8.8 billion budget.

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