Politics

Arizona Legislature Approves Move to Seek Medicaid Waiver

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, shown here Jan. 12 on the University of Arizona Campus. (AP)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, shown here Jan. 12 on the University of Arizona Campus. (AP)  (AP)

The Arizona Legislature has authorized Gov. Jan Brewer to seek a federal waiver allowing the cash-short state to temporarily slash its Medicaid enrollment under what officials said would be the first such request by a state.

Brewer wants to suspend coverage for 280,000 low-income adults to save $541.5 million and help eliminate a shortfall in the next state budget.

Opponents say they doubt the waiver request would be approved by President Barack Obama's administration.

House and Senate votes Thursday had majority Republicans backing a bill authorizing a waiver request and minority Democrats opposed.

The bill goes next to the desk of Brewer.