health services

Nov 26, 2020

Ducey sends $400M of CARES money to state agencies

Gov. Doug Ducey is using hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds earmarked for COVID-19 relief to pay for state operations, such as salaries, which some say contravenes the intention of Congress. Ducey, who controls nearly $1.9 billion of federal coronavirus relief money, funneled nearly a quarter of it to state agencies, which, in […]

Mar 15, 2016

Senate panel favors new hurdle for Planned Parenthood

Ignoring a possible lawsuit, a Senate panel voted Tuesday to erect a new hurdle in the path of Planned Parenthood getting Medicaid funds for family planning services.

Mar 31, 2014

More cuts expected as Senate postpones budget debate until Tuesday morning

The Arizona Senate delayed debate on a $9.23 billion spending plan Monday afternoon as lawmakers prepare amendments to the budget and Senate President Andy Biggs finds a means to further cut funding for district charter schools.

Jan 23, 2014

Arizona unemployment lowest since 2008

The state's seasonally adjusted jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a point last month, to 7.6 percent, the lowest it's been since November of 2008.

Dec 3, 2013

Department of Administration lifts stay of mental health contract

The Arizona Department of Administration lifted a stay that had halted a multibillion-dollar contract for behavioral health services in Maricopa County, following a recommendation by an administrative law judge.

Nov 26, 2013

Ambulance study committee set to make recommendations

After holding three monthly meetings that delved into the state regulations governing the ambulance and medical transportation industry, a study committee is preparing to make recommendations for legislative changes.

Arizona marijuana law to be tested in court
Nov 11, 2013

Arizona targets lax medical marijuana doctors

Arizona health officials are looking to root out physicians who are improperly recommending medical marijuana for patients who claim to suffer from chronic pain.

Oct 30, 2013

Advocates, doctors urge state to add PTSD to medical pot treatment

Mike Ulinger, who retired after 30 years as a Phoenix firefighter, said he couldn’t go anywhere or do anything and became an alcoholic to self-treat post-traumatic stress disorder he attributes to his job.

Oct 7, 2013

Tougher laws, more clinics

Arizona abortion facilities increased slightly since 2010 despite restrictive laws

Despite a recent decline, there are more licensed abortion clinics in Arizona now than in 2010, when licensing requirements took effect and the Legislature passed tougher abortion restrictions.

GOP candidates agree to return some Ariz. funding
Aug 22, 2013

Court of Appeals agrees: Arizona’s law defunding Planned Parenthood can’t stand

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled today the Legislature cannot prevent state funding from going to Planned Parenthood, as lawmakers attempted to do with a law passed in in 2012.

Nov 27, 2012

Arizona appeals ruling on Planned Parenthood

Arizona is appealing a court ruling against a new state law targeting Planned Parenthood.

May 4, 2012

Arizona two-year jobs forecast projects increases

State economists say Arizona is on a pace to add about 50,000 nonfarm jobs annually but that the rate of increase still trails the period before the Great Recession.