Appeals court hearing challenge to Medicaid plan

Appeals court hearing challenge to Medicaid plan

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PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Court of Appeals is set to review the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper agreed with Brewer in a ruling last month that Republicans in the state Legislature who challenged the law don't have the right to sue. The appeals court will hear an appeal of that ruling Wednesday.

The GOP lawmakers argue that the law passed in June expanding the state's health insurance plan for the poor violates the state constitution because it raises taxes through a hospital assessment without a required two-thirds vote.

Brewer put together a coalition of Democrats and some Republicans last year who supported the expansion.

The suit was filed by the Goldwater Institute on behalf of 36 Republican legislators.

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