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 »
Conservative LD leaders reprimand GOP lawmakers for pro-Medicaid votes; competitive LD leaders say it’s counterproductive
Long before lawmakers took a vote on Medicaid expansion, Republican precinct committeemen across the state issued a warning to GOP legislators: If you vote for expansion, we will do everything we can to take you out in the next primary election.Read More »
This month, health insurance rate increases become effective – ranging from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona with a 10.9 percent average annual increase impacting 67,248 individuals, to Aetna Small Group with a 14.1 percent increase impacting 46,916 individuals.Read More »
Just under nine of every 10 Arizonans live in areas with a medical marijuana dispensary. The state Department of Health Services says 47 dispensaries have been inspected and approved to operate and that so far 35 of those are open and operating.Read More »
Reducing stigma requires education and positive associations. That’s why it’s vital to fight misinformation and prejudice on all levels.Read More »