Roadblocks remain for Medicaid expansion
The protracted fight for Medicaid expansion likely won’t end with Gov. Jan Brewer’s signing of the historic legislation.
Franks’ remarks during hearing on abortion bill spark media frenzy
WASHINGTON – Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, created an online furor June 12 with comments in a House committee hearing that “the estimates of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.”
Poll shows majority GOP support for Medicaid 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.
Hearing set on Arizona anti-abortion law
A federal appeals court in San Francisco is set to hear arguments over an Arizona law that barred abortion providers from receiving public funding for other health services.
Pro-life bill would turn women away from abortion clinics even if government doesn’t pay
A proposed law that is scheduled for a legislative committee on Monday would forbid women from getting abortions at clinics where they get their Medicaid-funded family planning services even if they pay to end their pregnancies themselves.
Medicaid anti-abortion language returns in House Approps
A pro-life bill scheduled for a hearing in the House Appropriations Committee includes language that is nearly identical to a proposal from a leading evangelical Christian group that sought to limit abortion providers’ ability to participate in Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan.
AZ health dept. to roll out hospital compare tool
State health officials are launching a new online tool that will let patients and their families compare the costs and results of health care at hospitals across the state.
Republican vs. Republican on covering uninsured
It’s Republican versus Republican in the latest round of political battles over health care.
Foes of expansion eye referendum
Even if voters approve her plan, a threatened citizen referendum on Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion proposal could cast a pall over the 2014 election and throw the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System into chaos.
If the Legislature passes Medicaid expansion, two former senators and frequent foes of Brewer plan to refer it to the ballot with an all-volunteer effort that would rely on disaffected conservative activists to collect signatures.
Tobin abandons plan to send Medicaid expansion to the ballot
House Speaker Andy Tobin is dropping his proposed resolution to send Medicaid expansion to the voters, and will deal with the issue in the Legislature, one way or another.
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