Health

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.

Senate bill gives state more oversight of facilities like Southwest Key

A new bill would require all residential care centers for children in Arizona check employees against a state database that lists people with proven reports of child abuse or neglect, and allows regulators to inspect those institutions unannounced.

Carter proposes AHCCCS dental coverage for pregnant women

For the last three years, dental groups have been pushing state lawmakers to include pregnant women in dental coverage under the state’s Medicaid program, and new legislation proposed aims to do just that.Sen....

Ducey budget plan focuses on education, planning for future recession

Gov. Doug Ducey is looking to spend the bulk of Arizona’s projected billion-dollar budget surplus preparing for the next economic downtown in an effort to avoid the type of budget crisis the state saw...

Sinema joins GOP colleagues in effort to repeal ACA insurance tax

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is joining Republican senators in a bid to permanently ax a piece of President Obama’s signature health care law.
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