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Response to AlphaCentauri (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 10:35 AM

33. It's tradition; they didn't participate in Medicaid until 1982

They eventually caved but demanded to do it their way:

...Arizona eventually relented and joined Medicaid in 1982. Brecher explains the about-face: first, county government officials were being saddled with growing health-care costs, and they were angry with the state for “failing to capitalize on an opportunity to receive millions of dollars in federal aid.” What’s more, he explains: “Critics charged that Arizonans were paying federal taxes to support Medicaid programs in other states, without receiving federal help for their own indigent health care programs.” Ultimately, Brecher continues, the state decided to implement its own unique version of Medicaid, though it also secured numerous waivers from Washington to exempt it from some federal requirements deemed onerous.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/06/29/will-states-really-turn-down-federal-money-theyve-done-it-before/

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