A proposal by House Speaker Andy Tobin that would force able-bodied Medicaid recipients to get a job and limit some to a maximum of five years of insurance is on its way to Gov. Jan Brewer.
On a The House gave final approval to House Bill 2367 on Thursday. It requires AHCCCS, the state's Medicaid program, to apply for a waiver from federal regulators every year to allow it to impose the new rules. Federal officials have said the work-rule and time-limit proposals are unlikely to be approved.
HB 2367 also imposes co-pays on unneeded ambulance and emergency room use. He said the rules are needed to protect the state from excess expenses. Democrats argue they would limit the effectiveness of the health system for poor Arizonans.
The Associated Press contributed to this story