Members of the Arizona House who support Gov. Jan Brewer's plan to expand Medicaid to 300,000 more people are working to bring the proposal to a vote after six months of public debate.
Moderate Republicans were poised to join all 24 House Democrats in forcing the vote Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday. The moves come after a House committee dominated by conservative Republicans rejected the Senate-passed budget bill that contained the Medicaid provision on Monday.
Moderate Republicans who support Medicaid were meeting with Speaker Andy Tobin Tuesday morning but left without comment. Tobin doesn't support Brewer's proposal.
Conservatives were resigned to defeat after months of efforts to derail the expansion but said they would keep fighting.
A new hospital assessment would pay the state's share of the costs.
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