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The human side of Medicaid expansion

Posted: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Dear Editor:

Expanding AHCCCS (Arizonaís Medicaid program) is critical to the health and wellbeing of families living in Gila County. As a large primary care group-practice serving the community, Canyonlands Healthcare strongly support the Governorís proposal to restore and expand AHCCCS coverage for adults.

Lost in this current debate is how the current freeze has already cost more than 141,000 Arizona citizens health coverage and how expansion will restore coverage to adults and expand coverage to more than twice the number of who have been dropped. For example, adults who had a child become an adult have lost AHCCCS coverage, because they are no longer a family with children.

Many of these adults are ill and need ongoing medical care or medications. Imagine what it is like to lose health coverage when you are in the middle of chemotherapy or need surgery to save your life. Sadly, this is something our healthcare professionals address each day.

Expanding AHCCCS coverage is about more than economics, it is about the health of our neighbors and community.

As healthcare providers to this community, we appreciate your support of expansion of Medicaid services.

Dr. Elizabeth Latham

Canyonlands Healthcare

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