Arizona Supreme Court to hear appeal on Medicaid

PHOENIX - The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether conservative Republican legislators may challenge Gov. Jan Brewer's expansion of Medicaid health care coverage for low-income people.

The court on Wednesday announced it will consider Brewer's appeal of a Court of Appeals decision that revived the lawsuit filed last year by Republican lawmakers.

The mid-level court's April decision said lawmakers may sue over their contention that a hospital assessment that funds the expansion is a tax requiring two-thirds votes by the Legislature, not just majority votes.

The expansion was a key part of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Brewer has said that if the courts block her plan, thousands of Arizonans would lose access to health care, hospitals will be financially damaged and the state's finances will be hurt.

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