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By BOB CHRISTIE
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - A proposal by Republican House Speaker Andy Tobin that would force able-bodied Medicaid recipients to get a job and limit some to a maximum of five years of insurance is on its way to Gov. Jan Brewer.

The House gave final approval to House Bill 2367 on Thursday. It requires the state's Medicaid program to apply for a waiver from federal regulators every year to allow it to impose the new rules. Federal officials have said the work-rule and time-limit proposals are unlikely to be approved.

Tobin's bill also imposes co-pays on unneeded ambulance and emergency room use. He says the rules are needed to protect the state from excess expenses. Democrats argue they would limit the effectiveness of the health system for poor Arizonans.

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