Arizona State Senators assemble, Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the Capitol in Phoenix.

Associated Press

State senators voted Tuesday to require state officials to petition the federal government every year to allow Arizona to impose new restrictions on Medicaid recipients.

HB 2367 seeks to impose a requirement that those getting government-provided health insurance be working, actively seeking employment or attending a job training program. Exemptions would be available if the person is sole caregiver to a family member younger than 5 or is getting long-term disability benefits.

The legislation also seeks to impose a five-year limit on benefits. But it does say that does not apply if the person is working at a low-wage job whose earnings still qualify him or her for the coverage. The House already has approved the measure.

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