Partial freeze for Ariz. Medicaid taking effect

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A partial eligibility freeze for Arizona's Medicaid program takes effect Friday.

Arizona is now not allowing new enrollments in the non federally mandated part of its program that serves childless adults.

The change is being made as part of a package of changes to save $500 million to help balance the new state budget.

The state had planned to bar new signups for the childless adults starting last Friday.

However, a delay in federal consideration of the state's implementation delayed the start for a week.