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Updated Mar 20, 2013 - 7:00 am

Arizona House to hold 1st Medicaid expansion hearing

PHOENIX — 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.

The House Appropriations Committee will hear a report from legislative budget
staff on its fiscal impact and then take testimony.

Appropriations chairman Rep. John Kavanagh said he also had planned to hear
from the head of the state’s Medicaid program, the Goldwater Institute and
medical groups. Goldwater opposes the move and medical groups are generally
supportive.

But Kavanagh said a “tsunami” of speaking requests by expansion proponents
forced him to ditch all but the staff presentation and the public comment part.

Expanding the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (access) is one of
Brewer’s top priorities but is opposed by many fellow Republicans.

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