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Arizona House passes bill limiting Medicaid to 5 years

PHOENIX — The Arizona House has approved a proposal by Republican Speaker
Andy Tobin that would force Medicaid recipients to get a job and limit their
insurance to a maximum of five years.

The bill passed on a 35-22 party-line vote Thursday requires the state’s
Medicaid program to apply for a waiver from federal regulators to impose the new

Federal officials have said the proposals are unlikely to be approved.

But Tobin said that could change and the requirements give the state tools to
cut enrollment if the federal government failed to fund the program as promised.

Democratic Rep. Eric Meyer said Tobin’s plan would eventually throw thousands
of people off the state’s program that Republican Gov. Jan Brewer fought to have
included in last year’s Medicaid expansion law.


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