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Arizona high court to hear Medicaid expansion challenge

Posted at 11:49 AM, Oct 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-26 20:40:25-04

The Arizona Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge from Republican state lawmakers to the Medicaid expansion pushed through the Legislature four years ago by then-Gov. Jan Brewer.

The state's highest court will hear arguments on Thursday.

The state court of appeals ruled against the lawmakers, saying a hospital assessment that pays the state costs of insuring more than 400,000 low-income residents is constitutional.

Republican lawmakers who sued call the assessment a tax requiring a two-thirds majority vote to pass.

Brewer battled fellow Republicans in the Legislature for months in 2013 over the expansion.

The Goldwater Institute is representing the GOP lawmakers.