Gov. Brewer to roll out Medicaid expansion bill
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PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Jan Brewer is finally ready to reveal details of her proposal to expand Medicaid to about 300,000 low-income Arizonans.
Brewer on Tuesday plans to release the bill she hopes lawmakers pass implementing the expansion she's opted to pursue under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law. The bill is expected to detail how a hospital bed tax she wants to pay the state's share of the expansion cost will work. It could also contain sweeteners designed to get support from some fellow Republicans who oppose the concept.
The bill's release comes nearly two months after Brewer surprised many by announcing she backed an expansion. It would tap $1.6 billion in new federal funding by assessing hospitals about $250 million a year to pay for the state's share.
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