| USWorld

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Hospital tax to pay for Ariz. Medicaid growth

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, 8:22 p.m.

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has built a political career in standing up to the federal government over everything from immigration to health care. So she surprised almost everyone when she announced last week that she 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 being used to fund some Medicaid plans in 39 states, but none has tapped it to pay for the federal expansion and many have at least some room to expand their hospital taxes.

The Medicaid expansion is intended to cover about half of the 30 million uninsured people expected to eventually gain coverage under President Obama's health care overhaul.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Duke Energy reaches $7 million deal with N.C. on coal ash
  2. Oregon shooter a lonely youth with grudge against religion
  3. Drug overdose suspected in death of New York doctor found in lobby
  4. Comey says FBI is investigating security of Clinton email system
  5. Another round of divisive cases awaits Supreme Court
  6. Oregon shooter ranted in manifesto about having no girlfriend
  7. Amtrak CEO says safety mandate threatens service outside Northeast corridor
  8. Tennessee board drops vote on seeking God’s mercy over gay marriage
  9. FAA wants to fine SkyPan $1.9 million for ‘reckless’ drone operations
  10. About 6,000 drug inmates await early release from prison