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Arizona has accepted the Medicaid Expansion provision of the Affordable Care Act, In Arizona; there are 354,000 uninsured adults who will be eligible for the Medicaid Expansion program. When the state expanded its Medicaid program, and starts the Medicaid Expansion initiative. 269,000 individuals will be eligible for Medicaid Expansion. 89,000 are currently eligible for Medicaid under the states program but are not enrolled.
On Monday January 14, 2013 Gov. Jan Brewer made this statement in her State of the State address. This will make Arizona one of handful of states led by republican Governors expanding Medicaid. Other States that are expanding Medicaid led by Republican governors included New Mexico, and Nevada.
Although Janice Brewer has been a staunch opponent of Obamacare, she acknowledged Monday that the law is now unavoidable. This is very similar to the reality that many governors are facing in regards to setting up health insurance exchange. Either accept Obamacare, or alternatively welcome the federal government into your state to establish and exchange.
Interestingly enough, even though Brewer and the state of Arizona is moving ahead with the expansion of Medicaid, Late in December Brewer notified the department of HHS that Arizona would not setup its own Health Insurance Exchange another key aspect of Obamacare. Arizona is joining 25 other states mainly led by republican governors that are not setting up their own health insurance exchange.
When Arizona establishes the Medicaid Expansion program, there will be a range of 105,000 to 306,000 adults who will be eligible and may participate in the Medicaid Expansion program by 2019.
It is estimated that Arizona will spend in the range of $57 Million to $739, through Medicaid expansion to 2019 The federal government will cover 100% of the cost of the additional enrollees for the first three years. Thus causing the state of Washington to spend just 0.2 % to 2.8% more than what Washington would spend without Medicaid Expansion within that same time frame.
Need Application Forms, or information on your states Medicaid Application guideline. Please visit our State Centers for Medicaid Page with links to Applications, and Contact information for specific states.