Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, signed a law Monday extending Medicaid coverage to approximately 300,000 more poor and disabled residents. The state is the 24th to do so under the Affordable Care Act, based on a tally by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The Arizona Legislature has approved the expansion of the state's Medicaid program with an 18-11 vote in the Senate and a 33-27 vote in the House. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, who is expected to sign the legislation, called the decision a "sweet victory" and "a win, win, win all the way around." Through the expansion, 300,000 more Arizonans are expected to be covered with health insurance.
Arizona's House Appropriations Committee voted to reject a measure that would broaden Medicaid eligibility in the state. In order for the effort to move forward, the full House will have to revive the bill.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed legislation that would reinstate financing for the state's Medicaid program and KidsCare, which provides insurance coverage to about 38,000 low-income children. The bill entitles the state to get federal matching dollars for the programs as part of the health reform law.