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Goldwater Institute appeals Medicaid expansion ruling (access required)

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The Goldwater Institute is asking the Arizona Court of Appeals to throw out a trial court judge’s ruling that a hospital assessment enacted by the Legislature to fund a 2013 expansion of the state’s Medicaid program is not subject to a provision in the Arizona Constitution requiring a two-thirds vote to approve a tax increase.

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Medicaid director should champion patients

AHCCCS director Tom Betlach (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper has rejected arguments by Tom Betlach, director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System – Arizona’s Medicaid program – that he can effectively protect our state’s expanded Medicaid program by serving as sole defender in a lawsuit filed by the Goldwater Institute.

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