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Mental health is next Medicaid talking point

Brewer’s Thursday press conference on Medicaid will emphasize the impact that the governor’s plan will have on mental health services, according to gubernatorial spokesman Matthew Benson. The presser will be the third that Brewer will hold on the House lawn in a little more than a month, and will feature mental health professionals, advocates and patients, Benson said.

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Brewer tells Biggs to slow down the pace (access required)

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Little progress has been made on Gov. Jan Brewer’s agenda for the legislative session, and she’s sending a clear signal that she wants to see some movement on her priorities before she deals with theirs. But the Ninth Floor says Brewer isn’t threatening to dust off the veto stamp.

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Brewer warns activists: Back AHCCCS expansion or lose races (access required)

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Facing a grassroots Republican backlash over her proposal to expand AHCCCS to fully comply with Obamacare and collect billions of dollars from the federal government, Gov. Jan Brewer is taking her case directly to party activists and issuing a stern warning: Back my plan or prepare for Democrats to win Arizona races in 2014.

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Rep. Kwasman’s opposition to AHCCCS expansion filled with ‘misinformation’

Based on the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System’s (AHCCCS) blueprint, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is rebuilding his state’s Medicaid program. He is the 21st governor to develop a broader Medicaid program. Finally, Florida can do what we in Arizona pioneered: Establish a private-public partnership where private health plans, not the government, coordinate health care for their patients. It’s refreshing to see states across the country emulating Arizona’s model of patient-centered care managed in the private marketplace.

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