Health

California union launches sweeping health care ballot measure campaign

Health care workers would get a substantial pay raise, patients would get new protections against unexpected bills for out-of-network providers, the state would get new powers to enforce anti-infection cleanliness standards and a key...

MCSO has been creating marijuana extracts for at least 4 years

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has quietly been creating marijuana extracts to train officers and help prosecutors quietly for the past four years.

Arizona drops in annual highway rankings because of fatal crashes

Arizona’s ranking for overall highway condition and cost dropped dramatically compared with last year, according to a recent report.

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...
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