A judge holds a hearing Thursday afternoon on a request for an order to block Arizona's planned partial enrollment freeze for the state's Medicaid program.Read More »
Although Arizona’s new medical marijuana has already partially gone into effect, Gov. Jan Brewer and Attorney General Tom Horne announced Tuesday they will file suit in federal district court on Friday, asking for clarification on the program, and that they are looking to halt it from moving forward.Read More »
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is advising the Board of Supervisors not to grant permits for medical marijuana dispensaries on country-controlled land because of opposition from the federal government.Read More »
All is not lost: State never delivered financial incentive, but probation program found some success
The Legislature tried to give probation departments a financial incentive in 2008 to keep revocations and prison populations down.
However, lawmakers never came up with the money for the incentives. And this past session, lawmakers repealed the incentives program known as the Safe Communities Act (SCA). Even in the absence of the financial part, the program was considered a success by some because of the methods probation departments developed and refined during that time.
As a volunteer police officer in this northwestern Arizona city, Harley Pettit saw young people get in trouble for everything from drugs and alcohol to vandalism. In a small community with not a lot to do, he said, the last thing young people need is another way to get into trouble.
He’s worried that’s exactly what medical marijuana will give them.
High-tech health care hotspot: The men behind Phoenix supercomputer say it will bring a new era of medicine
As Phoenix awaits the arrival of the world’s fastest supercomputer dedicated to health information, the time gap in translating new discoveries in medicine into new treatments continues to grow.Read More »
One bill signed into law this session is a textbook example of persistence, compromise, and how legislation sometimes ends up not too far from what it intended in the first place.Read More »
Arizona has received word from federal officials allowing the state to start implementation of the first phase of Gov. Jan. Brewer's plan to reduce Medicaid enrollment to help balance the state budget.Read More »
Arizona officials hope for word Friday on whether they can start implementation of Gov. Jan. Brewer's plan to reduce Medicaid enrollment to help balance the state budget.Read More »
Arizona officials await federal clearance to take the first concrete step to reduce the state's Medicaid program — an enrollment freeze that starting Sunday would prevent new signups by people hammered by large health care expenses.Read More »