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AHCCCS still fielding questions about Brewer's healthcare plan

PHOENIX -- The questions continue.

Representatives of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) say they've been getting calls about Governor Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan ever since people first heard about it.

At first, people were worried about the health coverage provided under Arizona's Proposition 204.

"That is the voter initiative where Arizona voters mandated that all Arizonans living at 100 percent of poverty or below be covered by the AHCCCS program," said AHCCCS Spokeswoman Monica Coury.

The recession caused the state to freeze enrollment in a Prop 204 provision that covered adults without children. Because of the freeze, many of them were sent to hospital emergency rooms when they needed routine medical treatment.

Coury says Brewer's plan, which was approved by the Arizona Legislature last week, reinstates that enrollment.

There's also been questions about money.

"We have heard a few concerns from people who didn't understand the Governor's plan who think that this would somehow costs Arizona taxpayers money," said Coury.

Coury also noted that Arizona taxpayers aren't footing the bill for the plan.

"It is being funded through hospital assessment," she said.

Coury claims the Governor's Medicaid expansion plan is the best plan for Arizona.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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