Arizona Restores Medicaid Transplant Coverage

April 8, 2011

Late last year, the state of Arizona and its governor, Jan Brewer, were heavily criticized for a decision to drop Medicaid coverage for some organ transplants.  The decision was made in an attempt to lessen the $1 billion gap in the state's health care budget.

On April 7th, 2011, Governor Brewer reinstated the transplant services that were previously eliminated, allowing for the reinstatement of approximately 100 individuals that had lost their eligibility in October 2010.  The reinstatements are retroactive to April 1, 2011.       

While this is a welcomed move for some Arizona citizens, it did not come without sacrifice.  

In order to cut into its $1 billion health care gap, Arizona is planning a reduction of state funding of Medicaid by $510 million. 

What are your thoughts on the cuts and subsequent reinstatement?  Was the Medicaid transplant cut necessary or was it a temporary fix that bought the time needed to find more appropriate areas for budget reductions?
Note: None of this should be taken as legal or tax advice.
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