January is target for Brewer decision on Medicaid

January is target for Brewer decision on Medicaid

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January is target for Brewer decision on Medicaid

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by Paul Davenport, Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 3 at 4:10 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Jan Brewer apparently won't say until January whether Arizona should expand the state's Medicaid program under the federal health care overhaul.

That's the word from Brewer administration officials who briefed reporters on Thursday about funding and policy considerations being weighed by the governor, her staff and agency officials.

The officials say Brewer's policy choice would be part of the budget proposal she submits to the Legislature.

The health care overhaul includes having states expand their Medicaid programs to make more low-income people eligible.

But the Supreme Court's June decision upholding most of the overhaul overturned the provision making the Medicaid expansion mandatory for states.

Officials in Arizona and other states are waiting for federal officials to answer numerous questions about states' options regarding the Medicaid expansion.

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