Arizona Court of Appeals to Consider Appeal of Reductions in State Medicaid Program

The Arizona Court of Appeals will consider the appeal of a judge's ruling that the state can legally shrink the enrollment in the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state's Medicaid program, to balance its budget, according to an Associated Press/Washington Post report.

Arizona recently placed new enrollment caps for people, such as childless adults, enrolling in the AHCCCS for the first time or for people re-enrolling in the program.

According to the report, public interest law firms said the limits violated state constitutional protections for voter-approved laws. In 2000, a ballot measure that increased eligibility for the Medicaid program was passed.

However, last month a trial judge said the state does not have an "enforceable duty" to fund the ballot measure that passed.

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Arizona Healthcare Providers Propose Self-Imposed Fees in Place of State's Plan for Medicaid Cuts

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