Friday, June 17, 2011

Ariz. Supreme Court Asked to Halt Medicaid Cuts

PHOENIX- Tens of thousands of Arizonans will be "irreparably harmed" if the state Supreme Court doesn't halt budget cuts that jeopardize their health care, attorneys said in a court filing Thursday.

Three public-interest law firms are asking the high court for an injunction and speedy consideration of their May 23 request for a special action. That request seeks to overturn Gov. Jan Brewer's plan to freeze enrollment in the state's Medicaid program, effective July 1, for some adults who earn less than the federal poverty level, a group voters agreed should have health coverage.

Tim Hogan, an attorney with the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, said in Thursday's motion that federal health-care officials are likely to approve the governor's proposal.

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