With intense pressure on the state budget, hard decisions will be made regarding state funding for medical care – who gets it, and who doesn’t. On-Point presents a special panel discussion from NPR featuring representatives from the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, which is Arizona’s Medicaid Agency.

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Francisco Felix and his wife Flor Felix. Felix is one of dozens of Arizona patients who need liver transplants but can't get them because of moneysaving budget cuts to the state's Medicaid system.

On-Point looks at Arizona’s “death panel,” state budget pressures, and the new pressure to say “no” on health care.

Joining the discussion is Kim Vega, sister of Douglas Gravagna, who in 2006 was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and this summer qualified for a heart transplant. In October Douglas learned that Arizona would not fund his transplant. He is hoping to raise $300,000 through the National Transplant Assistance Fund – or NTAF – so he can get on a list to get a new heart.

Tuesday at 1 p.m. on KUAZ 89.1.