Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has proposed that the state restore Medicaid coverage for transplant patients _ which was reduced amid much controversy last fall.
Brewer announced the change Thursday as part of a major revamp of the state's Medicaid program. The plan, which includes enrollment freezes, would help save a projected $500 million to help close a $1.1 billion shortfall in the state's overall budget.
Brewer said her proposal is comprehensive enough to put the Medicaid program on solid long-term footing, so she is asking the Legislature to restore the cuts in coverage for transplants. Approximately 100 people lost eligibility for receiving transplants under the cuts, which took effect Oct. 1.
Democratic Rep. Anna Tovar says the coverage's $1.2 million cost is affordable and should have been restored long ago.