Navajo Nation declares widespread Medicaid scam in Arizona a public health state of emergency

By Anita Snow THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOENIX (AP)- A widespread Arizona Medicaid scam that has left an unknown number of Native Americans homeless on the streets of metro Phoenix is being declared a public health state of emergency by the Navajo Nation as fraudulent sober living homes lose their funding and turn former residents out onto the streets. The emergency declaration was issued late last week by the Navajo Nation Commission on Emergency Management and signed this week by Navajo Nation President Buu Nygren, according to documents posted on the Facebook page of the tribe’s Operation Rainbow Bridge, which was created to deal with the scam’s effects on its enrolled members. “There are significant concerns about the impacts to Navajo Nation lives from abrupt displacement that have affected an estimated…

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