Governors Split on Obama's Medicaid Plan
By Christine Vestal, Staff Writer
MEDICAID BUDGETING: Republican Governor Jan Brewer's plan to help balance Arizona's budget by dropping Medicaid coverage for about 138,000 adults is headed to court. An article in Bloomberg Businessweek reports a public interest attorney saying a lawsuit challenging Brewer's plan would be filed soon, probably with the Arizona Supreme Court. At issue is a law approved by voters in 2000 that expanded Medicaid services for low-income adults. While cutting back Medicaid funding in general, the budget Brewer signed last week restored coverage for pancreas, liver, heart and lung transplants. The governor's denial of organ transplant assistance last year grabbed national headlines and enraged patient advocates and members of the legislature.
FRIEND OF THE COURT: Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, a Democrat who generally supports the national health care law, filed a brief against its mandatory insurance provision in the Florida federal court case weighing the law's constitutionality. Koster explained in his April 11 filing that the law's requirement for most people to purchase health insurance conflicts with a 2010 voter-approved law in Missouri prohibiting enforcement of such a mandate. Koster added that the insurance provision is severable from the federal law and that all other sections of the law should be allowed to stand.