PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether
conservative Republican legislators may challenge Gov. Jan Brewer’s expansion of
Medicaid health care coverage for low-income people.
The court on Wednesday announced it will consider Brewer’s appeal of a Court of
Appeals decision that revived the lawsuit filed last year by Republican
The midlevel court’s April decision said lawmakers may sue over their
contention that a hospital assessment that funds the expansion is a tax
requiring two-thirds votes by the Legislature, not just majority votes.
The expansion was a key part of President Barack Obama’s health care law.
Brewer has said that if the courts block her plan, thousands of Arizonans would
lose access to health care, hospitals will be financially damaged and the
state’s finances will be hurt.