Health

Arizona ranks 46th for childhood well-being, Kids Count report says

Arizona scrapes along the bottom of the nation in children’s well-being, ranking 46th in 2019 Kids Count data released Monday. Lack of affordable housing emerged as a pressure point.

Ducey chides utility regulators for ‘mission creep’

Speaking to reporters on Monday in Paradise Valley, Ducey said Arizona should protect its most vulnerable residents, and said that may include new protections, regulations or legislation to prevent such incidents in the future.

State didn’t collect $36 million in drug rebates, federal audit finds

A federal audit of Arizona’s Health Care Cost Containment System, commonly referred to as AHCCCS, found that the state missed out on $36 million in rebates on drugs over a three year period due in part to not having proper systems in place to look for said rebates.

Developmental disability providers hopeful extra funding goes to wage hikes

Organizations that contract with the state to provide services for adults with developmental disabilities are waiting to find out whether the Arizona Department of Economic Security will free up some of its new funding to help cover the increased costs they’re incurring due to Arizona’s rising minimum wage.

Bill aimed at marijuana testing, reducing costs becomes law

Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law Friday a bill that will make medical marijuana facilities in Arizona test their products and also decrease the cost to be a medical marijuana patient.

Ducey signs 2020 state budget

Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday morning signed the budget passed by legislators earlier in the week. The $11.8 billion spending plan goes into effect July 1.

The 2020 state budget, annotated

After more than a week of debate, the legislature on Monday approved its $11.8 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1.

Supreme Court: ‘All parts’ of marijuana plant protected by medical marijuana law

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that marijuana extracts sold by dispensaries and used by medical marijuana patients are legal and are covered by Arizona’s voter-approved medical marijuana law.

Legislature approves $11.8B budget

After a week of fighting among Republicans, the legislature on Monday evening approved an $11.8 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins in July.

Legislature unanimously approves sexual abuse bill, breaks budget logjam

After weeks of negotiations and a day of emotional testimony, lawmakers unanimously passed legislation giving victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to sue in civil court, which ends Arizona's status as one of the worst states in the nation for survivors to seek redress and breaks a weeks-long impasse over the state budget.