Sebelius: No further study needed for Arizona Medicaid cuts

But Sebelius shot down the request Friday in testimony before the House Appropriations committee overseeing HHS.

“It isn’t guidance, it’s just the law,” Sebelius said.

Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake asked Sebelius about the Grijalva request, saying he was concerned that added federal scrutiny could delay Arizona’s ability to reduce Medicaid enrollment.

Most states are seeking flexibility from the federal government to make significant cuts in their Medicaid programs as they grapple with massive budget shortfalls. In February, HHS offered measures that states could take without making major enrollment cuts. 

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