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Ducey calls special session on opioid crisis

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday called a special legislative session to battle the opioid epidemic in Arizona, asking lawmakers to fund and expand health care.... Read more»

As federal shutdown looms, Az legislators OK KidsCare funding

Health insurance for thousands of low-income children in Arizona’s KidsCare program would be preserved, even if federal funds are yanked, under a measure approved Thursday by an Arizona legislative committee.... Read more»

Feds say Arizona can move forward on work requirement for Medicaid

Federal officials issued guidelines last week that will let Arizona and nine other states move ahead on proposals to require that able-bodied Medicaid recipients are either working or involved in “community engagement activities” to be eligible for coverage.... Read more»

Missing elderly GV woman found safe

A Green Valley woman with diabetes and memory issues who had been missing since Monday morning was located and is safe. Rosalina Caballero, 77, was last seen walking with her small Chihuahua near Esperanza Boulevard and South La Cañada Drive.... Read more»

CBP rescues Mexican couple in desert near Douglas

Border Patrol agents backed by a helicopter crew rescued a Mexican couple Friday northeast of Douglas after they called 911. ... Read more»

9th Circuit: BP must provide blankets to detained immigrants

Border Patrol officials must provide sleeping mats and blanket to immigrants held in detention for more than 12 hours, a federal appeals court ruled, rejecting government arguments that the requirements were too" rigid" and "burdensome." ... Read more»

UA doctor’s drug could buy time between rattlesnake bite and anti-venom treatment

As soon as a rattlesnake sinks its fangs into a victim, the venom starts traveling through the bloodstream. Within seconds, people can experience pain, swelling, bleeding and trouble breathing. It’s a race against time to get to a hospital. The longer it takes to get treatment, the higher the odds of long-term injury or death.... Read more»

Report: McCain returning to Arizona, will miss tax vote

U.S. Sen. John McCain, hospitalized last week for cancer-treatment side effects and a viral infection, traveled home to Arizona on Sunday, and won't be in D.C. to cast a vote on the Republican tax plan this week.... Read more»

McCain hospitalized over cancer treatment side effects

U.S. Sen. John McCain is being treated at Walter Reed hospital for side effects of treatment for brain cancer, and "looks forward to returning to work as soon as possible," his office said.... Read more»

For Obamacare customers who delay, auto-enrollment could be nasty wake-up

Shopping to update your coverage on the health insurance marketplace may be annoying — didn’t you just do this last year? But letting the exchange automatically renew your coverage instead could be a big mistake. If you don’t like the plan you’re auto-enrolled in this year you may be stuck with it in 2018, unlike previous years when people could generally switch.... Read more»

Obamacare sign-up deadline is Friday, but some might get extra chance

Open enrollment on the federal health law’s marketplace ends Friday, and most people who want a plan for next year need to meet the deadline. But some consumers who miss the cutoff could be surprised to learn they have the opportunity to enroll later.... Read more»

Going for the bronze: Advocates push low & no-cost ACA health plans

With one week left to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, advocates are urging Arizona consumers to “window shop” for insurance plans that may be cheaper than they expected or, in some cases, essentially free.... Read more»

At open enrollment midpoint, Obamacare sign-ups boom in Arizona

Halfway into the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment, the number of people signing up per day is sharply higher than it was last year, with about 500 more Arizonans signing up every day. The deadline is Dec. 15, and premiums in Arizona are expected to increase by only about 2 percent this year.... Read more»

Injured Guatemalan man airlifted by Arizona DPS helicopter

A helicopter crew with Arizona DPS airlifted an injured Guatemalan man from a remote mountainside near Arivaca after he was treated by Border Patrol agents, authorities said. ... Read more»

Debunking false 'vaccines cause autism' claim

Q: Has the FDA announced that vaccines cause autism? A: No. FDA statements are grounded in scientific evidence. There is no evidence that vaccination is linked to autism.... Read more»

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