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By the numbers: Remembering America's veterans in 2014

This Veterans Day, and throughout the year, remember those who have served in our armed forces, and honor their struggles and sacrifices.... Read more»

Heroes on Horses uses therapeutic riding to help Az veterans

Joseph Bailey Jr. starts his Thursday mornings with Fiesta, a black-and-white-patterned horse. Bailey brushes Fiesta and whispers in his ear for him to behave before the two begin their ride. A Navy veteran, Bailey lost the use of his left leg and hand due to a spinal problem that developed three decades after his discharge. The Southern Arizona VA referred him to Heroes on Horses to help him rehabilitate from a 2002 surgery.... Read more»

Republican governors' victories make Medicaid expansion unlikely in 5 states

Tuesday’s re-election of Republican governors in closely contested races in Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin, Maine and Kansas dims the chances of Medicaid expansion in those states.... Read more»1

Az voters OK experimental Rx proposition

Arizona voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved Proposition 303, which aims to allow terminally ill patients to gain access to experimental drugs that have passed the first phase of FDA approval.... Read more»

For families with mixed immigration status, health insurance is a puzzle

Figuring out insurance options under the law can be especially difficult for individuals whose family is of “mixed status.” That is, some have federal authorization to be in this country and others don’t.... Read more»

VA challenges charge it influenced inspector general’s Phoenix report

Critics say emails from the Department of Veterans Affairs to its inspector general over a report on the Phoenix VA are cause for concern. But the VA said the emails were not only routine but helped explain “what happened in Phoenix in the clearest possible way.”... Read more»1

Programs aim to produce more primary care doctors

Arizona doesn’t have enough primary care physicians to meet the need in many areas, particularly in rural and under-served parts of the state. According to a study by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, only 53 percent of Arizona’s primary health care needs are being met.... Read more»

Northwest Medical heading to Southeast Side with Vail ER

Northwest Medical Center is planning a freestanding emergency department to be built in Vail. The center, expected to be completed late next year, will have 12 private patient rooms and offer a higher level of care than urgent care facilities, the company said.... Read more»

High E. coli levels found in scenic Greenlee County river

Authorities recently discovered that the stretch of the San Francisco River that runs through Greenlee County had levels of E. coli bacteria that exceeded the EPA’s standard.... Read more»

Factcheck: 2014 campaign whoppers

By the time the last polling booth closes on Nov. 4, a staggering amount of money — $4 billion, by one estimate — will have been spent on the midterm elections. What did all that money buy? A lot of false and misleading TV ads.

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Carmona, health experts to hold Ebola prep roundtable

An event Saturday will feature the former U.S. surgeon general and other heath-care experts discussing community preparedness for an outbreak of Ebola or other contagious disease. The “Ebola and All-Hazards Forum” is being held by the Medical Reserve Corps of Southern Arizona.... Read more»

Analysis

Health insurers press for high-deductible, low-benefit policies

Among the things insurers don’t like about Obamacare is that it made them stop selling junk insurance. Insurers are lobbying hard behind the scenes to get lawmakers to change the law to let them sell meager policies again, and they’ve turned to Democrats in red and purple states for help.... Read more»2

Candidate commentary

Barber: Personal freedoms include gay marriage, abortion rights

We believe that everyone in our community has the right to live the life they want without the government, politicians or their employer interfering in their personal decisions. In Southern Arizona, we stand by our values. That’s why I am fighting to preserve a woman’s right to make her most personal health care decisions and to ensure that all Southern Arizonans have the right to marry the one they love.... Read more»3

Autism, invisible disabilities are barriers to finding work

An advocate says that many times people with invisible disabilities choose not to disclose their conditions for fear of being stigmatized. On the other hand, employers oftentimes don’t value people with disabilities because they are fearful.... Read more»

VA fights veteran homelessness beyond Tucson, Phx areas

Recognizing that homelessness among veterans is a problem in rural areas as well as cities, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently awarded a $2 million grant to the Veterans Resource Center, which has offices in Prescott, Flagstaff and Bullhead City.... Read more»

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