Arizona budget cuts include transplant funding - East Valley Tribune: Health

Arizona budget cuts include transplant funding

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Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 10:00 pm

A Phoenix man awaiting a bone-marrow transplant got good news Friday — word of two donors for possible matches.

But Friday also marks the implementation of new state budget cuts for Arizona's Medicaid program. Those include eliminating coverage of numerous types of transplants, including bone-marrow transplants such as the one needed by Mark Price, a former armored-truck guard who has leukemia.

Price says he's hopeful the state can reverse the cutbacks.

A spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer says the state faces huge cost burdens from federal health care mandates and has had to cut optional services such as transplants.

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