Feds OK Arizona plan to modernize Medicaid program for poor

PHOENIX (AP) - The federal government has approved Arizona's request to modernize its Medicaid program for the poor.

Under the reformed program, eligible members will make contributions to an account to be used for services not currently covered by Medicaid including dental, vision, chiropractic care, weight loss programs and more.

The plan applies only to able-bodied adults, about a quarter of the state's 1.8 million Medicaid recipients. It won't affect children, the elderly or the disabled.

The adults will be charged co-pays for some services and be required to pay a monthly premium of 2 percent of their household income into a health savings account or $25, whichever is less.

The federal Centers for Medicine and Medicaid Services approved the reform plan that Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has been pushing since August 2015.

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