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Ducey says new health care proposal costs Arizona

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PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says a U.S. Senate proposal repealing much of President Barack Obama's health care law falls short of what is needed to provide for the state's Medicaid population.

The governor sent a letter to Sen. John McCain this week outlining what must be included to get his backing. Ducey spokesman Daniel Scapinato said Friday that an analysis of the Senate proposal shows the five areas Ducey identified aren't addressed.

McCain said Thursday he wanted to hear Ducey's opinion before deciding if he supports the bill.

Ducey wants a slower phase-out of higher Medicaid expansion matches, higher inflation adjustments, elimination of a penalty for states that expanded parts of Medicaid early, and explicit flexibility for the program covering 1.9 million Arizona.

The state's Medicaid agency says the bill costs the state at least $7.1 billion through 2026.

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