CMS Reviews Arizona's Request for Medicaid Cuts

The state of Arizona is currently negotiating with CMS on potential significant changes to the state Medicaid program, known as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, according to an ASCA release.

CMS is evaluating the program's proposal, which suggests a five percent reduction in the fees it pays for treatment of Medicaid patients. The state is also seeking other changes to the Medicaid program, including increasing copayments for all parents, freezing enrollment for parents with incomes between 75 and 100 percent of the federal poverty limit; and eliminating emergency services to non-citizens who do not qualify for Medicaid.

Arizona says it could save $500 million in general fund expenditures if the changes to the program are approved.

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