Health

U.S. House passes new pandemic relief bill, but talks lag on a bipartisan deal

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday night narrowly passed a slimmed-down $2.2 trillion Democratic coronavirus relief bill that retains hundreds of billions in aid for states and local governments, boosts unemployment benefits and extends another round of $1,200 checks for each taxpayer.

McSally votes to bar DOJ from support ACA repeal lawsuit

Martha McSally joined several other vulnerable Republican senators in voting with Democrats to bar the U.S. Department of Justice from supporting a lawsuit the U.S. Supreme Court will take up in November that aims to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

All Arizona counties meet benchmarks for closed businesses to reopen

All 15 of Arizona’s counties now meet benchmarks to reopen indoor gyms, bars and movie theaters that were shut down during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Kristin Urquiza, who wrote viral COVID-19 obituary, is Biden’s debate guest

Arizona native turned COVID-19 activist Kristin Urquiza will be one of former Vice President Joe Biden’s guests at Tuesday’s presidential debate against President Donald Trump. 

The flu is here, and it’s already deadly

October is typically considered the official start of the flu season in the United States, but influenza has already arrived in Arizona and public health officials are hoping that it won’t be as bad as in recent years. 

The coronavirus isn’t going away anytime soon, but your healthcare might be

Raise your hand if you think health insurance companies shouldn’t be able to deny people coverage for pre-existing conditions. Or cap the amount of benefits they can receive in a calendar year or over the...

As COVID death toll nears 200K, AZ groups point to GOP’s ‘lack of leadership’

A small group of people with Progressive Democrats of America and the community group Living United for Change Arizona descended on the Arizona Republican Party headquarters in Phoenix on Thursday to draw attention to the thousands of lives lost during the pandemic. 

Proposal would extend Census collection to improve Native headcounts

A bill introduced Monday in Congress would extend 2020 Census operations through October, instead of the pending Sept. 30 deadline imposed by the Trump administration.

State pushes flu vaccinations to avert flu-and-COVID-19 ‘perfect storm’

Just over two in five Arizona adults got a flu shot last year, a number state officials are desperate to improve on before the onset of both influenza and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic this fall.

Ducey illegally ruling by ‘executive fiat’ to fight COVID-19, AG argues

Gov. Doug Ducey is unconstitutionally shutting down bars and ignoring other state laws through “executive fiat” during the coronavirus pandemic, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich argued Friday in a court filing.
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