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Labor groups to file health care initiative to raise wages, protect patients

A labor union representing California health care workers will file a proposed ballot measure on Monday that will raise employee wages, set new cleanliness standards aimed at fighting infections in hospitals, ban “surprise billing” and bar insurance companies in Arizona from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions.

Maricopa County West Nile cases have spiked 400% this year

West Nile Virus cases in Maricopa County in 2019 have spiked by more than 400% over last year, and public health officials are unsure why.

Guv’s task force on child sex abuse to begin work soon

A task force created by Gov. Doug Ducey that aims to look into cases of childhood sexual abuse and help guide lawmakers on possible changes to state law that aid victims in Arizona will be begining its work next month.

Study: AZ among the worst in vaccination rates

An analysis of public health data finds that Arizona has been acutely affected by the rise of the anti-vaccination movement, and ranks No. 4 in the nation in granting the most exemptions to school children.

‘Deaths of despair’ grew slowly in Arizona, but still higher than U.S.

“Deaths of despair” have grown more slowly in Arizona than in the nation as whole since 2005, but death rates in the state still exceed the national average in every category, according to a recent national survey.

Firefighter cancer claim sparks dispute between Glendale, senator

Kevin Thompson exudes optimism, even when talking about the harsh reality of his cancer diagnosis.

Southwest Key seeks to reopen 2 shuttered Arizona facilities

Southwest Key has applied for new licenses with the Arizona Department of Health Services to resume operations at two shuttered shelters for migrant minors in downtown Phoenix and Youngtown.The locations closed last year after...

Dem dilemma on ‘red flag’ laws: Compromise to back Ducey’s plan or fight for tougher laws

Democratic lawmakers in Arizona may soon have a tough decision to make on gun legislation: continue fighting for cherished but almost certainly unattainable goals, or buy into the notion that politics truly is the art of the possible and support a compromise.

Campaign to legalize recreational pot in Arizona launches for 2020 ballot

The campaign to legalize recreational marijuana use in Arizona officially kicked off, with a number of changes aimed at alleviating the concerns that helped sink a similar effort in 2016.

Syringe program for addicts operates in legal gray area as debate continues

While the debate around laws that would allow clean-needle-exchange programs to operate legally in Arizona continues, one organization continues working in a legal gray area to help stop the spread of disease.
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