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Medicaid detour (access required)

MEDICAID-DETOUR

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.

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Brewer: Senate budget means end is near (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer speaks to reporters May 14 in the Capitol press room about the state budget and Medicaid expansion. (Photo by Jim Small/Arizona Capitol Times.)

Gov. Jan Brewer said the budget introduced today by Senate President Andy Biggs is fairly close to her own and that she has few problems with the proposal, except for one major exception – it doesn’t include the expansion of Arizona’s Medicaid program.

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

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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)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer delivers her 2013 State of the State address. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

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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