As lawmakers on Capitol Hill grilled contractors responsible for HealthCare.gov, the failing website allowing access to a new federal health-insurance marketplace, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was thousands of miles away in Arizona.Read More »
The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission and several lawyers are laying the groundwork for a database to keep track of people who are under court-ordered mental-health treatment, a tool for police and judges.Read More »
Two of Arizona’s top law enforcement officials asked the U.S. Supreme Court today to consider the constitutionality of the state’s law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Attorney General Tom Horne and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery petitioned the court to hear their appeal to a ruling that found the state’s law unconstitutional.Read More »
A court exhibit unsealed today in a class-action lawsuit portrays the healthcare system in Arizona’s prisons as being broken and dismal, plagued by inadequate medical records, bad management and unsafe nursing practices.Read More »
State health director Will Humble says the federal government has agreed to provide partial funding for Arizona's "Kick the Habit" tobacco cessation program.Read More »
The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System has finished its draft of the hospital tax that will form the lynchpin of Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan, and expects to submit the plan for federal approval in about a month.Read More »
HHS, AARP take lead on preparing Arizonans to sign up in new health care marketplace
With the Oct. 1 deadline approaching for states and the federal government to start up their health care exchanges, the question remains whether Arizonans will know how to enroll with as few glitches as possible.
Arizona joins national crusade for medical cost transparency
It’s too early to know if aching Arizonans will price shop for knee replacements or back surgeries, but the state has joined a national transparency crusade to make the costs of medical procedures public information.
The new chief executive and president of Maricopa County's public health care system is expected to start his new job at the end of September. Steve Purves was hired to succeed Betsey Bayless as the Maricopa Integrated Health System's top leader.Read More »
Behavioral health providers in Maricopa County are crying foul over Magellan Health Services’ attempt to recoup money from a fiscal year that ended more than 12 months ago, and the Arizona Department of Health Services has stepped in to put at least a temporary halt to the effort.Read More »