Arizona Court Agrees to Consider Medicaid Cut

By the Associated Press | September 14, 2011 | 6:00 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Court of Appeals has agreed to consider an appeal of a judge's ruling that Gov. Jan Brewer can legally reduce enrollment in Arizona's Medicaid program to help balance the state budget.

The state has imposed new limits on enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling in the state program. The limits affect certain enrollment categories, including childless adults.

Public-interest law firms argue that some of the limits violate state constitutional protections for voter-approved laws that include a 2000 ballot measure increasing eligibility for the Medicaid program.

A trial judge ruled last month that the state Legislature does not have an "enforceable duty" to fund the ballot measure.

A three-judge appeals court made its decision Wednesday. A hearing will be held on the matter in October.