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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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Brewer to emphasize mental health aspect of Medicaid plan (access required)

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Gov. Jan Brewer plans to refocus the Medicaid expansion debate on mental health. In a press conference scheduled for Thursday at the Capitol, Brewer will join mental health professionals, advocates and patients to emphasize the impact that the governor’s Medicaid expansion plan will have on people with serious mental illness.

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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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Prop. 108 loophole popular during budget crisis (access required)

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Critics of Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion proposal may not like the way she plans to give massive fee-raising authority to her AHCCCS director, but many of those same lawmakers made heavy use of the same technique on a smaller scale during the depths of Arizona’s budget crisis.

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