Health Care

As e-cigarette use climbs, schools address the problem with vape detectors and information

Kyrene Aprende Middle School in Chandler installed 20 vape detectors in seventh and eighth grade restrooms in February, as part of a pilot program for the district.

‘Buyer beware’ say lawmakers, physicians about new insurance plan law

Democratic lawmakers and patient advocates gathered in front of the Capitol Tuesday morning to decry a bill Gov. Doug Ducey signed Monday that expands health insurance plans that patient advocates call “scam plans.”

Anti-vaxxer bill could cost AHCCCS providers up to $23 million per year

When it comes to proposed legislation that would require doctors to provide parents with voluminous amounts of information about the vaccines offered to their children, legislative budget analysts say time is money.An analysis performed...

Bills to tackle AZ doctor, nurse shortages win Senate approval

Two bills aimed at addressing the state’s shortage of nurses and doctors have passed their first major hurdle.

Medical professionals concerned about bill to expand short term health plans

The legislature is on the cusp of approving legislation expanding short-term health insurance plans, much to the chagrin of medical groups, who say the plans exempt many medical issues and could leave Arizonans facing staggering medical bills.

Mohave County files suit against opioid companies, prepares to join national litigation

Mohave County is preparing to join a massive lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, joining  more than 1,500 other governmental entities, Native American tribes, hospitals and plaintiffs from across the country, including several from Arizona.

Republicans force debate over Dem-sponsored abortion bill, despite sponsor’s objection

Two hours of political theater ensued on Wednesday after the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee forced a hearing on a bill to repeal a 2017 abortion law, despite repeated requests by the...

UA professor sues state over denial of health-care coverage to transgender employees

A transgender University of Arizona professor has sued the state over financial access to surgery his doctor said is medically necessary.

Bill to give pregnant women on AHCCCS dental coverage moves forward

Legislation to add dental coverage for pregnant woman on the state’s Medicaid program has cleared another hurdle and is one step closer to becoming law.

House panel approve bill to let pharmacists write prescriptions, over doctors’ objections

A bill that would allow pharmacists to administer tests for things like strep, flu and tuberculosis, as well as allow them to prescribe certain medications, narrowly cleared a House committee this morning.