Boy moved to action by cuts to medical transplant funds

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PHOENIX (AP) - Democratic state lawmakers are urging Gov. Jan Brewer to call the legislature back into session or use leftover federal stimulus money to restore funding for medical transplants cut as part of a state budget balancing fix.

Rep. Anna Tovar says the cuts to the state's medical care program for the poor in effect set up "death panels" in Arizona that have put the lives of at least 97 people in jeopardy.

Tovar appeared with Democratic leaders, a transplant surgeon and four people needing transplants at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. Tovar herself had bone marrow transplants in 2001 and 2002.

Brewer says the state can't afford to maintain its current Medicaid program and its previous services. The cuts went into effect on Oct. 1.

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