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Arizona Hospitals Brought In $500M From Medicaid Expansion Last Fiscal Year

Arizona hospitals received half a billion dollars more than they were assessed under Arizona’s Medicaid expansion program last fiscal year — that’s according to numbers released by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).

Under the plan, hospitals pay the assessment in order to bring in federal money; it’s also the subject of an ongoing lawsuit.

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center had the biggest difference in the state between what it paid and what it brought in — nearly $24 million.

For more on this, we talked to Matt Cox, chief financial officer for Dignity Health in Arizona.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.