Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) Proposes Taxing Hospitals to Pay for Medicaid

by Colonel on January 20, 2013

“Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer … not only plans to push for an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program under the federal health care law — she plans to fund it by raising taxes.

A conservative Republican, Brewer is believed to be the first governor to publicly come up with a way to fund the controversial Medicaid expansion.

Her proposal to add about 300,000 low-income Arizonans to her state’s Medicaid plan relies on funding from hospitals through a so-called provider tax. The idea is already used to fund some Medicaid plans in 39 states, but none have tapped it to pay for the federal expansion.

Under the federal legislation, Washington would pay the entire cost of the Medicaid expansion for the first three years, gradually phasing down to 90 percent of the cost after that.

” — Bob Christie, Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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