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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey plans to ask the federal government to approve major changes to the state's Medicaid insurance plan designed to encourage recipients to better utilize services and possibly cut state costs.

The plan to be formally announced Monday applies to able-bodied adults who don't provide care for small children, about a quarter of the state's 1.7 million Medicaid recipients. They would be charged co-pays for some services and required to pay 2 percent of their income into a health savings account.

 A battle over how former Gov. Jan Brewer funded the expansion of the state's Medicaid program is finally going before a judge.

Lawyers will argue about the constitutionality of Arizona's hospital "bed tax" in a Phoenix courtroom Thursday. The case that could determine whether 350,000 residents remain covered under the state's Medicaid expansion.

The case hinges on whether the assessment is a tax that should have been passed by a 2/3 vote in the state Legislature or a fee that can be passed by a majority vote.

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At a debate Monday night, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Doug Ducey said while he opposes Obamacare he would veto any effort by the Legislature to repeal the state Medicaid expansion, which is built on it and uses its funds. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.


Gov. Jan Brewer will get a chance to stop some Republicans from trying to undermine the financing for her expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

The state Court of Appeals ruled today that lawmakers on the losing end of last year's Medicaid expansion fight have a constitutional right to challenge the law and the levy it imposes. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.