Will Humble

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.

Covid, workers' compensation, Court of Appeals,
Sep 6, 2023

Arizona Covid cases double since June, as virus rebounds in state, U.S.

First lady Jill Biden’s positive Covid test this past weekend was the latest, and most high-profile, reminder that cases are once again on the rise in the U.S. and in Arizona, where new infections per week have more than doubled since early July.

prescription drugs, Medicare, seniors, Biden administration, Harris
Aug 30, 2023

Plan to negotiate drug prices could affect 165,000 Arizonans

The Biden administration targeted 10 prescription drugs Tuesday as part of the first-ever Medicare price negotiation, a move that it said could benefit 9 million beneficiaries – including 165,000 in Arizona.

Aug 16, 2023

Hobbs’ heat emergency sparks criticism, could change policy

Gov. Katie Hobbs’ emergency order last week declaring a heat emergency in three Arizona Counties comes off an upward trend of heat-related deaths and hospitalizations in the most populous county of the state during recent years.

birth control, pharmacy, Hobbs
Jul 5, 2023

Women can obtain birth control pills from pharmacist starting this week with some conditions

It's official: Women in Arizona can now walk into a pharmacy and get birth control pills. Ditto hormonal rings and patches.

birth control pills, pharmacists, Arizona
Jun 28, 2023

Pharmacists will be able to dispense birth control to women without prescriptions

Women in Arizona are soon going to find it a lot easier to get birth control. Sometime this coming month pharmacists will, for the first time since birth control pills were authorized in 1960, be allowed to dispense them without women having to present a prescription.

Covid, workers' compensation, Court of Appeals,
May 25, 2023

Panelists make outrageous claims in conservative Covid committee 

Conservative lawmakers hosted a panel today with speakers who claim that the federal government intentionally lied and mishandled Covid, that hospitals intentionally killed people, and made statements that medical professionals say are untrue. 

Covid, vaccines, CDC, Arizona, American Public Health Association, Arizona Department of Health Services,Arizona Public Health Association
Jan 4, 2023

Three years on, Covid no longer grabs headlines, still poses a threat

Almost three years after the first Covid cases were detected in Arizona, here’s what we know: It hits the elderly hardest, it spikes in summer and winter, it killed men in Arizona at sharply higher rates than women and new strains continue to evolve.

Fann, Covid, Republicans, CDC, vaccines, school
Oct 24, 2022

Senate Republicans take credit for opposing CDC push to vaccinate youths against Covid

Senate Republicans are taking credit for standing up to a new push by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to have kids vaccinated against Covid before attending school.

Sep 8, 2022

Fewer Arizona children vaccinated against childhood diseases

An increasing number of vaccine deniers coupled with one of the easiest opt-out provisions in the nation has left Arizona with close to one out of every 10 kindergartners unprotected against key childhood diseases.

Ducey, border, containers, Biden, immigration, Yuma
Jan 4, 2022

Closing Schools Not An Option

Gov. Doug Ducey is doubling down in his fight with public schools over their virus policies, offering cash to parents to send their kids to private or parochial schools if a school - or even a classroom - has to shut down.

Korean War, soldiers, missing, remains, Tucson, burial
Nov 19, 2021

Covid ‘line of duty’ death for Border Patrol agent

Without additional details, "line of duty" doesn't tell the public much about how a uniformed federal officer died. And the recent use of "line of duty" to describe Covid deaths is coming at a time that vaccines are widely available, but vaccine mandates face resistance from some law enforcement officers, including pushback from the union representing Border Patrol agents.