Covid, workers' compensation, Court of Appeals,
Sep 13, 2023

Updated Covid vaccine OK’d, experts urge people to roll up their sleeves

Federal officials Tuesday approved an updated Covid vaccine for use by anyone age 6 months or older, and health officials are urging people to get the shot amid a fall surge in cases.

Native Americans, Medicaid scam, Blackfeet Nation, rehabilitation center
Aug 22, 2023

Fake Arizona rehab centers scam Native Americans far from home, officials warn during investigations

Autumn Nelson said she was seeking help for alcohol addiction last spring when fellow members of the Blackfeet Nation in Montana suggested a rehabilitation center in Phoenix, far to the south.

BlackFeet Nation, Medicaid scam, Arizona, Montana
Aug 2, 2023

Blackfeet tribe of Montana declares emergency over Medicaid scam that lured members to Arizona

A widespread Medicaid scam that left an unknown number of Native Americans homeless in metro Phoenix is being declared a public health state of emergency by the Blackfeet Nation of Montana after the Navajo Nation took similar action in June.

fake sober living homes, Navajo Nation, Phoenix,
Jun 13, 2023

Hundreds of tribal members, mostly Navajo, living on Phoenix streets amid fake sober home crackdown

Navajo law enforcement teams made contact with several hundred Native Americans from various tribes who are living on the streets in the metro Phoenix area, after the state cracked down on Medicaid fraud and suspended unlicensed sober living homes, Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch said Monday.

Hobbs, AHCCCS, health care, Native American, care providers
May 16, 2023

AHCCCS halts payments to 100 providers as officials allege multi-million-dollar scam targeting Native Americans 

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, better known as AHCCCS, suspended payments to more than 100 care providers suspected of scamming the state out of hundreds of millions of dollars while victimizing thousands of Native Americans, officials said on Tuesday. 

Covid vaccine, vaccinations, older Americans
May 15, 2023

Health emergency ends – keep smart pandemic policies

The Covid Public Health Emergency declaration ended May 11. However, it is important to note that although the emergency had ended, Covid has not gone away.

Medicaid, health insurance, Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
May 15, 2023

Arizonans at risk of losing Medicaid have options

With the end of the federal public health emergency signaling a return to “normal,” millions of Americans – including an estimated 600,000 Arizonans – are at risk of losing their Medicaid health coverage.

health insurance, Medicaid, Senate, Hobbs
May 3, 2023

Senate approves funding that Medicaid needs to pay bills

State lawmakers on Wednesday finally approved the funding that the state's Medicaid program needs to pay its current bills.

Medicaid, health care, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, seniors
May 2, 2023

Medicaid is lifeline for Arizona’s seniors and veterans

When you think of health care for seniors, you probably think of Medicare, but Medicaid is also vital to providing the care that older Arizonans in our community rely on. It helps cover high medical costs for those who have limited income and resources, as well as those living in nursing homes and relying on long-term care.

health insurance, Medicaid, Senate, Hobbs
May 2, 2023

Unwinding the pandemic without unwinding coverage

Unwinding pandemic-era policies doesn’t have to mean losing health insurance. Let’s work together to limit those who needlessly fall through the cracks.

Medicaid, budget, Petersen, Toma, legislature, Democrats, Republicans
Apr 24, 2023

Petersen: state’s Medicaid program won’t have funds to pay bills unless budget deal reached soon

The state's Medicaid program won't have money to pay its bills next month unless the governor and lawmakers reach a deal -- and soon -- on at least some elements of a budget.

Medicaid, health care, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, seniors
Apr 6, 2023

State begins to shed thousands from Medicaid, push them to other care

Arizona started purging people from the pandemic-inflated Medicaid rolls this month, a process that could end up pushing more than 600,000 people off the plan, health officials and advocates said.