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ACLU sues over records of hunger strikes in immigration detention centers

The ACLU has sued the Department of Homeland Security in federal court, seeking records the civil rights group contends provide accounts of hunger strikes at immigration detention facilities. ... Read more»

GOP health bill could cost 23 million coverage; 400,000 in Az

The Republican plan to replace Obamacare will force as many as 23 million Americans off health insurance over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office reported, with local experts predicting more than 400,000 of those will be in Arizona.... Read more»

HHS: Az health insurance premiums almost tripled since 2013

Health insurance premiums nearly tripled in Arizona between 2013 and 2017, the fourth-biggest increase among the 39 states that participated in healthcare.gov, a new report said. But the report does not mention the tax credits that many low-income consumers received under Obamacare.... Read more»1

Meth gathers alarming momentum

The opioid epidemic has killed tens of thousands over the last two years and driven major reforms in law enforcement and public health policies for people with addiction. But another deadly but popular drug, methamphetamine, also has been surging in many parts of the country. ... Read more»

Changes to H1B visas put foreign-born doctors in limbo

For parts of the country that have difficulty attracting American-born doctors, the uncertainty swirling around the H-1B program is already creating problems, with doctors tied up in legal uncertainty rather than treating patients. ... Read more»

Sudden closure of assisted-living homes sends residents packing

Thirteen residents of two Sahuarita assisted-living homes found themselves abruptly moved to new facilities Thursday and Friday, but exactly why remains unclear. The owner of the "Rancho Verde" facilities has been operating seven homes in Tucson and Sahuarita. The total number of residents affected is unknown.... Read more»1

Tucson VA one of four in nation to offer service for transgender vets

The transgender clinic at the Southern Arizona VA is one of just four such clinics in the entire Veterans Affairs system.... Read more»

Az migration trends tracked on 'death map' of discovered bodies

It might take a second for the computer to load, but then it’s there: a map of Southern Arizona nearly completely covered with red markers, so dense in some areas that it’s black. Each marker indicates one migrant who died trying to cross the U.S./Mexico border into Arizona.... Read more»

Advocates fear Superfund budget cuts further delay cleanup of sites

In the nine years since the former smelter near her house in Dewey-Humboldt was added to the EPA’s list of toxic Superfund sites, Rose Eitemiller said she’s seen some progress. But not much.... Read more»

Gallego jumps district lines to hammer McSally in healthcare rally

As part of a political campaign designed to hammer away at Republican members of Congress for their votes on the American Health Care Act, Phoenix-based U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego hosted a town hall in Tucson, honing in on fellow Rep. Martha McSally's turf. ... Read more»1

Obamacare

Squeaker in House becomes headache for Senate: 5 things to watch

After weeks of will-they-or-won’t-they tensions, the House managed to pass its GOP replacement for the Affordable Care Act by a razor-thin margin. Now the bill — and the multitude of questions surrounding it — moves across the Capitol to the Senate. And the job doesn’t get any easier, with only a two-vote Republican majority and no likely Democratic support.... Read more»

FactCheck: The preexisting conditions debate

Democrats and Republicans have made competing claims on whether the latest version of the GOP health care bill maintains protections for people with preexisting medical conditions. President Trump has said, “Preexisting conditions are in the bill. And I mandate it.” While Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer has said that “insurance companies could deny coverage to those with preexisting conditions.”... Read more»

Political theater: How health-care bill that nearly all opposed managed to pass the House

The AARP called the health bill that House Republicans narrowly approved Thursday “deeply flawed” because it would weaken Medicare and lead to higher insurance premiums for older Americans. The American Medical Association said it would undo health insurance coverage gains and hurt public health efforts to fight disease. The American Hospital Association said the bill would destroy Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor that expanded mightily under the Affordable Care Act and buoyed hospitals’ bottom lines. Normally, that would spell failure.... Read more»

Found safe: Woman missing since hike Monday

Deputies thanked the public for information that helped them track down a woman who had been reported missing after last being seen hiking near Tucson on Monday. Shih-Ming Laura Yeh, 46, was located by the Pima County Search and Rescue Unit on Friday, and "and she is fine," authorities said.... Read more»

Giffords joins Democrats accusing Trump, GOP of pandering to NRA

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday to accuse Republicans of pandering to the gun lobby with bills to do away with gun-free school zones and deregulate silencers, among other measures.... Read more»

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