Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has proposed enacting an annual $50 surcharge for obese Medicaid enrollees, a move she says would help Arizona’s financially troubled Medicaid program.
With Arizona and other states already seeking to drop coverage for thousands of Medicaid recipients, governors are asking the federal government for help in dealing with Medicaid budget shortfalls.
New governors, 26 of whom were elected in November, are facing deep fiscal problems. Many are taking a hard look at Medicaid as a source of budget savings.
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