Health

Arizona pro-life movement cautious in 2019, unlike in other states

While pro-life lawmakers in other states are swinging for the fences with hopes of capitalizing on the new conservative makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court, abortion foes in Arizona have been uncharacteristically quiet in...

Ducey signs ban on handheld cell phone use while driving

A twelve-year crusade to ban texting while driving came to an end on Monday as Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation prohibiting handheld cell phone use while behind the wheel.

The 2019 legislative session that wasn’t

The legislative session is winding down, and — yet again — the needs of our children and our citizens have been neglected. I had hoped, given the results of the 2018 elections, that there...

The sound of silence on Ducey’s school safety plan

Note: This story has been updated to include additional comments from the Governor’s OfficeGov. Doug Ducey insists that he hasn’t abandoned the school safety plan that lawmakers rejected in 2018 and that he still...

As a public health crisis looms, anti-government beliefs fuel counterproductive vaccination policies

The dramatic uptick in unvaccinated students in Arizona is what the beginning of a public health crisis looks like. Unfortunately, it’s entirely unclear what policymakers will do about it.

Republicans vote down bill to increase statute of limitations on child sex abuse

A bill that would have increased the statute of limitations on civil actions for victims of child sex abuse was shot down during a lengthy and contentious committee debate.

Drop in vaccination rates puts Arizona at risk of outbreak, state Health Dept warns

The Arizona Department of Health Services issued a report on Friday warning that higher exemptions from vaccines are putting the state at risk this year for an outbreak of measles, mumps and other preventable diseases.

As e-cigarette use climbs, schools address the problem with vape detectors and information

Kyrene Aprende Middle School in Chandler installed 20 vape detectors in seventh and eighth grade restrooms in February, as part of a pilot program for the district.

‘Buyer beware’ say lawmakers, physicians about new insurance plan law

Democratic lawmakers and patient advocates gathered in front of the Capitol Tuesday morning to decry a bill Gov. Doug Ducey signed Monday that expands health insurance plans that patient advocates call “scam plans.”

Anti-vaxxer bill could cost AHCCCS providers up to $23 million per year

When it comes to proposed legislation that would require doctors to provide parents with voluminous amounts of information about the vaccines offered to their children, legislative budget analysts say time is money.An analysis performed...