- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill that could force able-bodied Medicaid recipients to get a job and limit some to a maximum of 5 years of insurance.

Former Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a similar law last year but the Republican-controlled Legislature passed it again last week along party lines and sent it to Ducey.

The bill requires Arizona to ask federal regulators for a waiver allowing it to impose the new rules.

Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato says the law is needed to ensure the state’s Medicaid program protects taxpayers while insuring the needy.

Federal officials said last year they were unlikely to approve the waiver, but they have not weighed in on this year’s proposal.

The bill also imposes copays on unneeded ambulance and emergency room use.

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