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Medicaid Options: Brewer says only 1 choice is viable, but key Republicans balk

Medicaid Options: Brewer says only 1 choice is viable, but key Republicans balk

Gov. Jan Brewer believes she found her “game-changer” in her quest to expand Arizona’s Medicaid program. On April 25, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a guidance memo for the states that appeared to answer a question that has been hovering over Brewer’s top agenda item — whether the state can continue its enrollment freeze for childless adults in the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.

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Legislature considers a new infusion of money into the IRC (access required)

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Arizona lawmakers are introducing another supplemental appropriation for the Independent Redistricting Commission, providing an infusion of new funding to the maligned agency as it tries to pay its bills for the remainder of the fiscal year. The Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate President Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, voted today to allow the late introduction of a bill to provide $635,226 to the commission, according to a Republican Senate staffer.

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Hotly debated firearms bill goes to the governor (access required)

A bill headed to Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk would close a loophole used by some Arizona cities to destroy firearms turned over to police and other state agencies. The Arizona Senate approved HB2455, sponsored by Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Payson, by an 18-12 vote Tuesday afternoon, giving its final approval to a measure that also requires agencies to sell all unclaimed firearms in their possession.

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Brewer vetoes Barto’s health care price transparency bill

Brewer vetoes Barto’s health care price transparency bill

Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed legislation aimed at forcing health care providers to publicly show their prices, a move that the bill’s sponsor said was disappointing and surprising considering the Ninth Floor’s lack of objections while she and the governor’s staff worked on the bill throughout the session.

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