Arizona Court of Appeals Upholds Medicaid Expansion
The Arizona Court of Appeals has affirmed the lower court and held that Arizona's Medicaid expansion was constitutional. The court rejected the argument advanced by disgruntled legislators who had opposed the expansion that the hospital assessment authorized by the legislature but set and implemented by the AHCCS Director was a tax, and thus required a supermajority in order to pass. Rather, the court agreed with the State and the Center that it was an assessment that fell within a constitutional exception. As a result, the legislation was constitutional and was properly enacted with a majority vote.