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Rep. Ruben Gallego Criticizes Dangerous Arizona Medicaid Changes

January 22, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) issued the following statement following the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s (CMS) decision to implement work requirements for Arizonans who rely on AHCCCS, the state’s Medicaid program:

“I strongly oppose the Trump Administration’s decision to rubber stamp Arizona’s dangerous plan to impose burdensome requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries. As we have seen in other states, implementing this massive new bureaucracy in Arizona will undoubtedly lead to Arizonans losing access to life-saving health care services. This will make it harder for working families to make ends meet and increase health care costs throughout the system.

“As a state legislator, I helped lead the push for Medicaid expansion in Arizona. We should be working to expand access to health care for Arizonans in need instead of increasing their financial hardships and limiting their ability to keep themselves and their families healthy.”

Last year, Rep. Gallego joined Arizona Reps. Grijalva, O’Halleran, and then-Rep. Sinema in urging CMS to reject these harmful changes to Arizona’s Medicaid program.