PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is asking the federal government to continue its Medicaid program for childless adults.
State budget deficits led state lawmakers to cap enrollment in the childless-adult program in July 2011, and more than 100,000 have lost health coverage since then.
The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/P62Ilh) that Arizona's Medicaid officials hope to convince the federal government that Arizona deserves additional funding to insure that group of low-income adults.
The goal is to prevent thousands of Arizonans from getting kicked out of the state's Medicaid program and to give Arizona policy makers additional incentive to expand government-paid insurance under federal health-care overhaul.
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com