Transplant controversy in Ariz. prompts creation of website

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by Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on December 14, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 14 at 5:33 PM

PHOENIX (AP) - Cash-short Arizona's budget troubles could put the state's Medicaid program on the chopping block again, with the possibility of hundreds of thousands of low-income people losing their government-funded health care.

Gov. Jan Brewer and the Republican-led Legislature have already cut payment rates for care providers and reduced services, including some medical transplants.

But Brewer spokesman Paul Senseman said the program's costs remain the state's largest single budget problem.

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System accounts for nearly a third of the state budget, providing coverage for approximately 1.4 million Arizonans, or about one in five.

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