Ariz. restores transplant coverage with new budget

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Posted: Apr 07, 2011 6:54 PM
Ariz. restores transplant coverage with new budget

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has restored Medicaid coverage for transplant patients months after a reduction prompted criticism that she and Republican lawmakers were cold-hearted about the life-or-death medical situations.

The ability to restore coverage was granted in a budget package signed Wednesday by Brewer. Her administration said Thursday that it authorized the restoration immediately.

The change was expected, after Brewer proposed last month to restore coverage as part of a revamp of the state's Medicaid program to help balance the state budget.

About 100 people lost coverage when the cuts took effect Oct. 1. Two people who were eligible have since died.

One died from complications during preparations for a privately funded transplant. Hospital officials say the other probably resulted from the coverage elimination, which was supported by majority Republicans.