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Pullen backs Brewer Medicaid plan (access required)

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Once again, Randy Pullen is coming to Gov. Jan Brewer’s defense at a time when she needs allies on the right.Pullen, the former chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, penned a letter urging Republicans to support Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage in accordance with President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

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Doing the Medicaid math (access required)

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Do the math.

Those three words essentially sum up Gov. Jan Brewer’s core argument in favor of expanding the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state’s Medicaid program. She repeats them at every press event, every interview and every plea for support.

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High expectations

One source close to Brewer told our reporter that the core sentiment of Brewer’s letter this week to PCs was emblematic of the way she approaches public service – and though it was sent to the PCs, its message is aimed in many ways at GOP legislators.

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Rep. Kwasman’s opposition to AHCCCS expansion filled with ‘misinformation’

Based on the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System’s (AHCCCS) blueprint, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is rebuilding his state’s Medicaid program. He is the 21st governor to develop a broader Medicaid program. Finally, Florida can do what we in Arizona pioneered: Establish a private-public partnership where private health plans, not the government, coordinate health care for their patients. It’s refreshing to see states across the country emulating Arizona’s model of patient-centered care managed in the private marketplace.

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Brewer seeks $317 million in new spending, largely for K-12 (access required)

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The Governor’s Office unveiled an $8.9 billion budget plan today for fiscal year 2014, which included $317 million in new spending. “We’re finally comfortable using red, so that should tell you something about the state budget,” John Arnold, director of the governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting, joked about the bright red color of the budget books distributed to the media at a press briefing today.

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New AHCCCS coverage gives cancer-stricken mom hope

My name is Laura Gargiulo and I am a 45 year-old single mom to Jack, my energetic 11year-old son. I have a bachelor of science in English and a master of education in secondary education and teach part time as an English adjunct professor at Phoenix College. Oh, and one more thing, I don’t have health insurance.

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