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Feds won't OK Arizona Medicaid limits

Feds won't OK Arizona Medicaid limits

By Sasha Loftis. CREATED Feb 7, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Federal officials say Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin's plan to force Medicaid recipients to get a job and to limit their insurance to a maximum of five years is not likely to be approved.
A spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Friday that the proposals appear to run counter to laws and regulations governing the federal health care program for the poor.
Tobin is pushing the proposal as a way to ensure that able-bodied people aren't depending on the government for assistance when they can seek work. He also says the five-year cap is not unfair, comparing it to limits on welfare and unemployment insurance.
Tobin's proposal was approved Thursday by a state House committee dominated by fellow Republicans.

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