Hundreds of thousands of impoverished Arizonans with health problems apparently will have to tough it out following a court ruling today that upholds healthcare cuts.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Mark Brain ruled that a group of people suing the state can't forced Arizona lawmakers to keep funding their free health care.
Proposition 204, which passed in 2000 by an overwhelming majority of voters, expanded the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System to include residents without children who earn up to 100 percent of the federal poverty limit. Previously, most Arizonans could only qualify if they earned up to 34 percent of the poverty limit.
An AHCCCS document
from January states that 238,000 people were enrolled under the expansion in 2009, but by January of this year the number had risen to 377,000.More »