Friese: Republicans should accept judge’s Medicaid expansion ruling, forgo further legal challenges
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Randall Friese, D-Tucson (District 9), released this statement after a Maricopa County Superior Court judge decided today that the assessment that hospitals pay to fund the expansion of Medicaid is constitutional:
“Today’s decision means that well over 250,000 Arizonans will continue to have access to quality, affordable health care. As a physician, I’ve seen what can happen to people who put off receiving prompt medical attention because they are concerned about its cost. The medical issues they are dealing with often get worse.
“The people who were able to qualify for Medicaid after the program’s expansion will not face an interruption in their care. This could help avoid costly and complicated medical procedures in the future.
“The Republicans in the Legislature who filed this lawsuit should accept this as a final decision and should forgo wasting state money on frivolous appeals.”