2nd Person denied AZ Transplant Coverage Dies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A spokeswoman for a Tucson hospital says a second person denied transplant coverage by Arizona has died.

University Medical Center spokeswoman Jo Marie Gellerman says the unidentified person died Dec. 28 at another medical facility due to hepatitis after earlier being removed from the center's list for a liver transplant.

Gellerman says hospital officials believe the patient's death was "most likely" a result of Arizona's controversial scaled-back coverage for transplants.

Arizona ended Medicaid coverage for some transplants on Oct. 1 as part of a cost-saving measure in the state budget approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Jan Brewer.

A Phoenix-area man died Nov. 28 of complications from preparation for a bone-marrow transplant that was to be privately funded.

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