PHOENIX (AP) — A judge refused to block a partial enrollment freeze for Arizona's Medicaid program Thursday, but the cost-saving measure is still being delayed as the state waits for federal officials to finish reviewing a proposed implementation plan.

Judge Mark Brain of Maricopa County Superior Court refused to grant a temporary restraining order sought by opponents of the freeze, which would prevent thousands of low-income Arizonans from signing up for government-paid health care.

The freeze on new enrollments and re-enrollments by childless adults with incomes above the federal Medicaid standard was scheduled to take effect Friday.

However, state officials said it is on hold indefinitely.

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