Supervisors endorse Medicaid expansion

The Pima County Board of Supervisors last week voted 3-2 in favor of expanding the state's Medicaid program.

Republican Supervisors Ally Miller and Ray Carroll voted against expanding the proposal.

The supervisors were voting on a recommendation from County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry dated April 3, which concluded that expanding Medicaid "is in the best interest of our state and the residents of Pima County."

Gov. Jan Brewer recommended expanding the program earlier this year. Arizona's Medicaid program is called the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).

Under Brewer's plan, AHCCCS would enroll people making up to 133 percent of the poverty level, rather than the current cap of 100 percent. The poverty level means an annual income of $11,490 or less for a single person. Taking the qualification up to 133 percent of the poverty level would work out to a maximum annual income of slightly more than $15,000 for a single person.

The expansion would cover an additional 57,000 Arizonans and - with the federal matching funds - the state would be able to restore coverage to 240,000 childless adults and continue coverage for 50,000 others.

Diabetes, food intake topics of lecture

The University of Arizona's Sarver Heart Center will present a free lecture in Green Valley Thursday about the role of food in controlling diabetes.

Nurse practitioner and diabetes expert Betsy Dokken will speak at 10 a.m. at the Canoa Hills Social Center, 3660 S. Camino del Sol.

Dokken is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine's section of endocrinology.

The event is free, and no reservation is required. For more information about the UA Sarver Heart Center, visit

Contact Star medical reporter Stephanie Innes at or 573-4134.