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Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:00 pm

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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