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 »
The push to refer Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan to the ballot began in earnest as opponents of the bill rallied at the Capitol before fanning out across the Valley to collect signatures.Read More »
Arizona has taken the U.S. Supreme Court’s advice to sidestep its ruling against the state, but there’s a catch. In doing so, it would be appealing to an effectively non-existent federal commission.Read More »
The protracted fight for Medicaid expansion likely won’t end with Gov. Jan Brewer’s signing of the historic legislation.Read More »
WASHINGTON – Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, created an online furor June 12 with comments in a House committee hearing that “the estimates of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.”Read More »
A poll showing majority support for Medicaid expansion among GOP primary voters may be a ray of hope for Republican lawmakers who voted for the proposal at the request of Gov. Jan Brewer.
In a live-caller poll of 500 likely GOP primary voters conducted in late May by Public Opinion Strategies, a Virginia-based Republican polling firm, 53 percent of respondents said they supported Gov. Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage in Arizona. Only 40 percent of respondents said they opposed the plan. The poll had a +/- 4.38 percent margin of error.