Vote later this morning on whether to expand Medicaid - Tucson News Now

Vote later this morning on whether to expand Medicaid

PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Locally-elected officials from Pima County may cast their vote to support expanded Medicaid. 

Costs at hospitals have shot up in the past few years, but some say expanding Medicaid can help rein that in a bit. 

The Pima County Board of Supervisors may give the thumbs up to expansion later this morning.  Back on March 12, Governor Jan Brewer introduced her plan to expand Medicaid within the state. 

Today, the Pima County Board of Supervisors could pass a resolution in support of that decision.  It would restore health care to 300,000 low income Arizonans.  This could reimburse hospitals that have had to pick up the tab.  These residents were dropped from coverage in order to lower costs to federal government.  Of course, now Medicaid is expanding again.

It would bring $1.6 billion of federal money to Arizona, without any additional cost to taxpayers; it could also mean more than 15,000 jobs for Arizona. 

The Board of Supervisors are getting recommendations to say yes and pass the resolution.  They will be conducting the vote at their meeting today at 9 a.m.

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