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Banner Health data breach exposes info on 3.7 million

A hack of data held by Banner Health — the operator of the former University Medical Center in Tucson — has put information on about 3.7 million people at risk. The company is sending letters to patients, health plan members and beneficiaries, food and beverage customers and physicians and healthcare providers telling them of the data breach.... Read more»

Opioid dependence leads to 'tsunami' of medical services, study finds

In one of the first looks at privately insured patients with opioid problems, researchers paint a grim picture: Medical services for people with opioid dependence diagnoses skyrocketed more than 3,000 percent between 2007 and 2014.... Read more»

Court ruling leaves undocumented immigrants' health care in limbo

Erica Torres is one of the estimated 1.4 million Californians who live without health insurance largely because they are undocumented. She was hopeful when President Obama expanded deportation-relief programs for immigrants — a controversial move that would have put government-subsidized health care within her reach.... Read more»

Watchdog agency 'spot' inspecting ICE, BP facilities

Homeland Security's Inspector General said that since March, investigators have reviewed 57 different facilities run by CBP and three facilities used to detain families maintained by ICE, following criticism from immigrant rights groups and complaints received through a hotline service. ... Read more»

Report: Almost 7,000 die in Texas jails, police custody

Almost 7,000 individuals in Texas have died while in police custody or behind bars over the past 10 years. Nearly 2,000 people who died had not been convicted of a crime.... Read more»

St. Elizabeth's assisting with KidsCare signups

KidsCare, low-cost children's health insurance, is available in Arizona again after enrollment was frozen in 2010. St. Elizabeth's Health Center is offering free enrollment assistance to families interested in the program. Those who apply this month could get coverage as early as September 1. ... Read more»

Feds investing reports of exhaust fumes wafting into Ford Explorers

Federal regulators are investigating a possible defect in Ford Explorers following scores of complaints about exhaust and carbon monoxide pouring into the passenger compartments of the popular SUVs.... Read more»1

Arizona’s proposal to restart KidsCare wins federal approval

The state froze its participation in the Children's Health Insurance Program in the midst of the recession in 2009. Officials say as many as 40,000 children from low- and middle-income families may gain coverage.... Read more»

Update: Missing elderly Amado man found south of Tucson

A 75-year-old Amado man with memory issues who went missing Tuesday night was found the next day south of the Pima County line and taken to a hospital for treatment for exposure.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Morales: Trump Jr. all wet in remarks on public school teachers

Let me tell you a little story about Heather. She was disabled. Her body was twisted; her spine curved beyond repair. She couldn't see, she couldn't eat, we believed she couldn't hear. She was only 13 years old but her body was not like any other girl her age. How could it be? Her father threw her against a wall when she was a baby.... Read more»

Health gadgets and apps outpace privacy protections

In 2009, Congress asked for recommendations on what to do about information that falls outside the privacy law known as HIPAA. Tuesday, health officials released their report, but offered no suggestions. ... Read more»

Update: Missing woman with dementia found by daughter

Update: A 68-year-old woman who was missing from her Foothills home was found by her daughter Tuesday night, and is "home safe with her family," authorities said.... Read more»

Busting myths about mental illness

Mental illness is common — and so are misconceptions about it. These too-often-believed myths can be harmful to you and your loved ones.... Read more»

Az cops can search based on pot smell, despite legal MMJ

Police in Arizona may legally search an individual's home or vehicle based solely on the smell of marijuana, even though the drug is legal for medical use, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. ... Read more»

Az would get $21M to fight opioid abuse under White House plan

The state would get $21 million over two years to combat opioid abuse as part of a $1.1 billion proposal pushed Wednesday at the White House to tackle the spread of the epidemic. ... Read more»

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