DCS, removal, judges, flaw,
Aug 21, 2023

State discovers flaw in DCS system used to determine children’s removal from homes

State officials have discovered that a flaw in a system used by the Department of Child Safety that has let judges make decisions on removing children from homes without having all the information that they needed.

student debt, Biden administration, Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts, Arizona
Jul 3, 2023

Supreme Court nixes Biden plan for $430 billion in student-loan relief

The Supreme Court on Friday struck down a Biden administration student-debt relief plan that would have aided more than 40 million people, 916,000 of whom live in Arizona and currently hold a total of $32.6 billion in loans.

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. 

Cook, House, health care, bills, legislation, House
Mar 24, 2023

Rural healthcare at risk if we don’t hold health plans accountable  

Commercial health insurance routinely downgrades and denies payment to healthcare providers, which means providers are left taking care of patients and not getting paid, which is not a good business model. That is why my bill, HB2290 currently up for consideration in the Senate, is important for hospitals, physicians and patients.

Oct 6, 2014

It’s even worse than we said

Friday’s report detailed how Little’s newly amended June 30 campaign finance report now shows his campaign bank account dipping below zero on March 12 and not coming into the black for five days, but our analysis was incomplete – and is far worse for Little.

Oct 24, 2013

California commission also goes after recipients of “dark money”

While the Arizona-based Center to Protect Patient Rights and the Americans for Responsible Leadership successfully settled to pay only a combined $1 million for failing to adhere to California’s campaign disclosure laws, the political committees that received millions of dollars from the Koch-associated groups still could face heftier enforcement actions.

Oct 11, 2013

Lew warns of debt-limit catastrophe; Schweikert says that’s not so

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Thursday of a “potentially catastrophic” hit to the economy if the nation reaches the debt limit next week and defaults on its obligations.

House sets committee rosters, Dems stronger on Appropriations
Oct 10, 2013

Debt Dilemma

2010 decision to mortgage state’s assets threatens cash reserves

Borrowing billions of dollars allowed Arizona to limp through the worst financial crisis in its history. But the decision to mortgage state assets that include the House and Senate buildings has an unwanted underside: It precludes the state from having significant cash reserves.

Oct 3, 2013

Solidarity only goes so far – law prevents lawmakers from forfeiting pay

Some members of Arizona’s congressional delegation hoped to show solidarity with furloughed federal employees by cutting or suspending their pay during the government shutdown.

Aug 9, 2013

Auditor general’s report finds flaws in handling of construction complaints

A performance audit by the state Auditor General’s Office highlighted several problems in the Registrar of Contractors system designed to ensure quality work from licensed contractors to consumers.

Aug 2, 2013

State agency halts Magellan attempt to recoup funds

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.

Jun 8, 2012

Report finds millions in AHCCCS payments to ineligible people

Arizona’s Medicaid program may spend as much as $57 million a year on ineligible recipients, according to a report by the Auditor General’s Office.