Gov’t-Run Health Care Death Sentence in AZ: No More Liver Transplants for Hep-C Patients

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
By Paul Martin

“Significant fiscal challenges” will eliminate other benefits for adults

By Susan Jones
CNSNews.com
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Arizona’s Medicaid agency will no longer cover some non-experimental organ transplants for its adult members, including liver transplants for patients with Hepatitis C, a move blasted as “a death sentence” by one patient advocacy group.

Medicaid is a federally subsidized, state-administered health-care program for low-income people. Some Medicaid benefits are mandated by the federal government, with states choosing to cover additional benefits.

The federal government spent $275.4 billion on Medicaid in fiscal 2010 and $451.1 billion on Medicare, for a total of $726.5 billion on these two government health-care programs, according to the Office of Management and Budget. By contrast, the federal government spent $692 billion on the U.S. Defense Department in fiscal 2010.

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