Just days after the federal government approved an Arizona plan to cut Medicaid reimbursement to hospitals and other healthcare providers by 5%, three hospitals announced they have partnered with Gov. Jan Brewer on a plan to fund care (PDF) for the state's uninsured adults and children.
Ariz. hospitals, state agree on plan to fund care
According to a news release from Brewer's office, the three hospitals—344-bed Phoenix Children's Hospital; 578-bed Maricopa Integrated Health System, Phoenix; and 351-bed University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson—will contribute a total of $113 million in order to secure $229 million in federal funds for uncompensated care.
An Arizona law passed earlier this year will allow the funds provided by the three hospitals to be routed through local government, serving as the state match for federal dollars, according to the release.
In the statement, Brewer called the plan “creative” and said the state's cash-strapped budget make such approaches a necessity.
“I'm proud that Phoenix Children's Hospital, Maricopa Integrated Health System and the University of Arizona Health Network have joined us to make this plan a reality,” Brewer said in the release. “The fact that we can accomplish this with no cost to the state is just icing on the cake.”
Some of the funds will be used to enroll nearly 20,000 children in KidsCare, a health coverage program for children.
The plan will be submitted to the CMS for approval, according to the release.
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