Tuesday, January 22, 2013

AARP commends Brewer for Medicaid stance

By AARP Arizona State President Carl Erickson

AARP Arizona would like to thank Governor Brewer for her decision to support the expansion of the Medicaid program in the state, better known as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.  The Governor’s call, during her 2013 State of the State Address, demonstrates that she is focused on improving the lives or those that are most vulnerable in Arizona, the children and the poor.

Governor Brewer will be seeking to expand AHCCCS for people up to 133% of the federal poverty level as part of federal funding under the Affordable Care Act as well as restore coverage for 250,000 childless adults. 

AARP welcomes this move as currently one out of six Arizonans lacks health care coverage.  Uncompensated care ends up costing all of us through higher-priced services, insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.

AARP urges the Arizona Legislature to follow the Governor’s lead in supporting a Medicaid expansion and restoring coverage for thousands of childless adults.  After all, Arizona voters mandated better coverage for the poor under Proposition 204 and AHCCCS is one of the best Medicaid programs in the nation for cost containment and effectiveness.

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