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 »
On its face, the Arizona Board of Regents and the universities they govern have little, if anything, to do with the state’s Medicaid program or Gov. Jan Brewer’s plans to expand it in accordance with the federal Affordable Care Act.Read More »
Today I urge our Legislature to expand Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) coverage for the working poor. There is no backup plan. This is it. It is neither a left issue nor a right issue. It is an Arizona issue.Read More »
A state lawmaker’s plan to save the state money by sending government materials only in English may run afoul of the Civil Rights Act and federal guidelines, and could cost state agencies billions per year in federal dollars.Read More »
The past year gave Arizona legislators the best Christmas gift they could hope for — a much improved economy and stronger revenue collections.Read More »
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.Read More »
Newtown and other tragedies emphasize need for behavioral health care through expanded AHCCCS coverage
A common thread runs through the Newtown, Portland, Aurora and Tucson tragedies: One young man's troubled existence shatters the lives of multiple innocent bystanders. A vigorous debate over gun control is understandable, but it's not enough to talk about these tragedies without talking about individual health.Read More »
If Gov. Jan Brewer pushes for a state-run health insurance exchange or Medicaid expansion next session, there is little doubt that she’ll need more than just Republican votes.Read More »