Tuesday, June 24, 2014

McCune Davis statement on Medicaid Expansion Amicus Brief

McCune Davis statement on Medicaid Expansion Amicus Brief
Legislators, community leaders urge Ariz. Supreme Court to reverse appellate decision

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, D-Phoenix (District 30), released this statement after several members of the Legislature and community leaders submitted an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief asking the Arizona Supreme Court to review the Court of Appeals’ opinion granting legal standing to the Republican legislators who have filed a lawsuit challenging the bill that expanded Medicaid.

In February, the Arizona Superior Court ruled that the Republican legislators challenging the Medicaid expansion legislation did not have legal standing and could not pursue the lawsuit. An appellate court overturned that decision in April. In May, Gov. Jan Brewer and Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System Director Tom Betlach petitioned the Arizona Supreme Court to review the appellate court decision that allowed the Republican legislators to sue.

The brief filed today supports the governor’s efforts and urges the court to grant review and reverse the Court of Appeals’ opinion on standing.

“Protecting the legislation that provided for the expansion of the Medicaid program is of the utmost importance. Not only because expanding Medicaid benefits to hundreds of thousands of Arizonans will improve our economy, but also because this legal challenge puts the courts in an untenable position.

“Partisanship has given rise to this dispute. If the Arizona Supreme Court allows this lawsuit to continue, it will set an expectation that our courts act as referees in political debates. In the case of Medicaid expansion, the majority of the Legislature supported it because our economy and our hospitals needed it. It passed and is already helping people across our state get quality, affordable care.

“I hope that the Arizona Supreme Court will review this important matter and decide to dismiss the case against Medicaid expansion. This is in the best interest of our courts and our state.”


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