Court revives challenge to Arizona Medicaid plan
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Court of Appeals has revived a lawsuit challenging Gov. Jan Brewer's expansion of the state's Medicaid insurance plan for the poor.
The court ruled Tuesday that lawmakers have the right to sue over a hospital assessment that funds the expansion. Republicans in the House and Senate sued last year over the assessment, arguing that it is essentially a tax that required a two-thirds majority vote to pass. Only a bare majority passed the expansion.
A Maricopa County judge in February dismissed the case, saying lawmakers did not have the right to sue. The judge said it is the legislature itself that decided if a supermajority vote is needed.
The appeals court rejected that decision and sent the case back to Judge Katherine Cooper for more action.