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.Read More »
Opponents of Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan proposed a state-only health care program for the remaining childless adults still covered by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.Read More »
After about two months of exploring, Fred DuVal formally announced his campaign for Arizona governor.Read More »
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.Read More »
State Senate President Andy Biggs strongly indicated today he will allow a vote on Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan even though he’s adamantly opposed to it.Read More »
A small group of conservative doctors gathered at the Capitol in opposition to Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion proposal, arguing that it will damage health care in Arizona and cause a host of problems at the federal level.Read More »
The contentiousness of the debate over Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion proposal was on full display during the Legislature’s first public hearing Wednesday, where advocates and proponents debated every facet of the plan.Read More »
A proposal by Gov. Jan Brewer to expand the state's Medicaid plan under provisions of the federal health care overhaul gets it first legislative hearing Wednesday.Read More »
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.
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.Read More »