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When Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it assumed that all people with annual incomes of less than 138% of the federal poverty level would be eligible for Medicaid.  With the Supreme Court’s decision in NFIB v Sebelius, the expansion became optional and these Arizonans will not be guaranteed coverage unless the Legislature passes the Governor’s plan to restore Medicaid.   

Under the Governor’s plan, restoring the Medicaid benefits will make these employees eligible for ACCCHS coverage and there will be no penalty to the employer.

Choosing to restore Medicaid will save businesses in Arizona between $45 and $68 million in penalties.

The Arizona State Chamber of Commerce and Industry, along with more than 20 local Chambers of Commerce support the Governor’s Medicaid restoration plan.  These leaders in the business community represent over 14,000 businesses and nearly 1 million jobs in the state of Arizona.

Small businesses in Arizona cannot afford the “do nothing” approach when it comes to restoring Medicaid benefits.  With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, businesses are facing enormous penalties for not providing health insurance to all of their employees.  Often times, providing the coverage is as unaffordable to the business as paying the penalty.

I stand with small business in Arizona in supporting the Governor’s plan to restore Medicaid and I encourage you to do the same.  Please vote for the Governor’s Medicaid restoration plan and stand up for small business owners.

Read more about protecting our healthcare future here.