Friday, March 26, 2010

Health Care Bill Estimate for AZ: $11.6 Billion Over The Next Decade

Posted By on Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 12:44 AM

Thomas Betlach, the director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, has some bad news for Gov. Jan Brewer: The estimated cost of the new health-care reform package for the state of Arizona is $11.6 billion over between fiscal years 2011 and 2020.

In a statement, Brewer called the costs "staggering."

That cost includes restoring the huge cuts to AHCCCS and KidsCare that lawmakers made earlier this month to balance the budget. That funding has to be restored, according to Betlach's analysis, in order to remain eligible for federal Medicare funding.

Arizona is a victim of the generosity of voters, who expanded health-care coverage to everyone below the federal poverty level with the Healthy Arizona initiative in 2000. Had voters not expanded coverage, the additional costs to the state would have been roughly $860 million less a year, according to Betlach.

Read Betlach's analysis yourself here.

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

More by Jim Nintzel

Today | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun
Meditation and Buddhist study

Meditation and Buddhist study @ Sky Island Zen

Tuesdays, Saturdays

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

Carnival of Illusion: Magic, Mystery & Oooh La La!

This top-rated illusion show is "Revitalizing Magic" by blending an international travel theme with all the charms… More

@ Scottish Rite Grand Parlour Saturdays. Continues through April 14 160 South Scott Ave

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. The Three Best Ways To Have Fun in Tucson Today (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. The Education of Bill Gates (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. Goodbye Flycatcher, Hello Seven-Story Apartment Building on Fourth Avenue (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. The Weekly List: 27 Things To Do In Tucson This Week (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. XOXO...: Where To Rock Tonight: Fetty Wap, Chuck Prophet, Mac Sabbath & More! (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2018 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation