VIDEO: TMC hosts Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid Expansion Rally

Tucson Medical Center welcomed Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Wednesday as she discussed what the Medicaid Restoration Plan means to Southern Arizona. 

This 3 1/2 minute video about the rally includes reaction from Tucson-area healthcare and business leaders, as well as community members.  Find out why Gov. Brewer’s plan to restore Medicaid is the right thing for Arizona at the right time.


Call or email your legislators.  Better yet, DO BOTH.  Let them know how important this issue is to you, your family and Arizona.  Ask your family and friends to do the same.  Time is short.  Now is when action matters!

Visit www.restoringarizona.com.

Rep. Ethan Orr supports Gov. Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan

Rep. Ethan Orr speaks at a Medicaid Expansion Rally at TMC.  He breaks down what’s at stake financially for the state of Arizona.

“The impact on our state budget will be hundreds of millions of dollars.  This decision could infuse billions into our state economy.  In fact, as the Governor mentioned, over the next four years, it will infuse $8 billion into our state and local economies.  Now that is a lot of money.” -Rep. Ethan Orr during today’s Medicaid Expansion Rally at TMC.

Call or email your legislators.  Better yet, DO BOTH.  Let them know how important this issue is to you, your family and Arizona.  Ask your family and friends to do the same.  Time is short.  Now is when action matters!

Visit www.restoringarizona.com.

Gov. Jan Brewer rallies at TMC to expand Medicaid

Tucson Medical Center welcomed Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Wednesday as she discussed what the Medicaid Restoration Plan means to Southern Arizona.  The Governor was joined by Tucson-area healthcare and business leaders, along with community members.

“If the Legislature does nothing, more than 60,000 Arizonans now on AHCCCS will lose coverage – totally and instantly – at the end of the year.  That includes cancer patients in the middle of treatment, diabetics, heart patients and about 2,000 Arizonans with serious mental illness.  We cannot let this happen.  I know we won’t let it happen – not with the help of the local leaders standing with me today, and everyone in Pima County willing to raise their voice in support of this important effort.  We can get this accomplished together.”  -Governor Jan Brewer during today’s Medicaid Expansion Rally at TMC.

Call or email your legislators.  Better yet, DO BOTH.  Let them know how important this issue is to you, your family and Arizona.  Ask your family and friends to do the same.  Time is short.  Now is when action matters!

Visit www.restoringarizona.com.

Contact your legislature if you support Medicaid expansion

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, R, calls for the expansion of Medicaid, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2013 in Phoenix with healthcare and business leaders at Maricopa Medical Center. An expansion would call for $8 billion in federal assistance for the State over three years. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, R, calls for the expansion of Medicaid, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2013 in Phoenix with healthcare and business leaders at Maricopa Medical Center. An expansion would call for $8 billion in federal assistance for the State over three years. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Due to the continued struggles of many Arizonans, Gov. Jan Brewer has proposed the expansion of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) to take advantage of the Affordable Care Act.

Since the state government froze the eligibility of the childless adult population in July 2011, nearly 141,000 people have been dropped from state health insurance. Coupled with the economic downturn of the last several years, Arizona’s health care system has suffered significantly. For TMC, as well as hospitals across Arizona, uncompensated hospital care has risen by 81 percent since the freeze and shows no signs of slowing.

The restoration of the childless adult population and the additional expansion would provide 240,000 Arizonans with health insurance.

While Gov. Brewer has included the expansion in her budget, it is still necessary for the  state legislature to approve it. If you support the expansion, please contact your legislators. They must hear from the healthcare community and others impacted by the decision to expand.

Please click here to contact your legislators and tell them that you support the AHCCCS expansion as the most financially viable way to lift the enrollment freeze on Prop. 204. Expansion will allow low-income Arizonans to access care at the right time in the right setting. This will reduce overall per patient healthcare costs and improve the quality of life for patients suffering from debilitating illnesses and injuries. With the right care and treatment, many of these patients will be able to maintain employment or return to the workforce, thus strengthening our economy and greatly improving individual lives.


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