CFSS supports Governor Brewer’s proposal regarding Medicaid coverage

Check out http://www.azahcccs.gov/publicnotices/MedicaidExpansion.aspx, a new website providing information about the Governor’s plan to align AZ Medicaid eligibility with the Affordable Care Act. Some key elements of that plan would adjust eligibility from the current 100% of the federal poverty level (for most populations) to 133%. It would also restore the voter approved coverage for the “childless adult” population (whose enrollment has been frozen) next January. At the same time, the proposal would relieve pressure on the state’s budget because the General Fund costs from the Proposition 204 Medicaid Expansion would be shifted to a statewide provider assessment.

The move would bring in roughly $8 billion in additional federal funds over the next four years to serve about 300,000 additional low-income Arizonans. Without this proposal many of these people will probably be left without any health coverage, even after the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented.

You can help send a clear, consistent and powerful message to Arizona’s lawmakers that the Medicaid Coverage proposal makes sense for Arizona. If you know the names of your legislators you can find their contact information here: http://azleg.gov/MemberRoster.asp If you don’t know who your legislators are, you can find your legislative district here: http://azredistricting.org/districtlocator/.

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that “State Medicaid expansions to cover low-income adults were significantly associated with reduced mortality as well as improved coverage, access to care and self-reported health.” In other words, the proposal (when implemented) will help us with our Vision of Health and Wellness for all Arizonans.

Visit the new website today and let your voice be heard!