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Behind Supreme Court’s Obamacare case, a secretive society’s hand

For more than 30 years, the Federalist Society has worked behind the scenes to shape Supreme Court outcomes to a conservative agenda. In King v. Burwell, its influence could eliminate health insurance subsidies for millions of people.... Read more»

Outgoing Az health director reflects on six years at agency’s helm

Will Humble, who left Tuesday as director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, says his proudest achievements include reforming the way his agency regulates health care and behavioral health providers.... Read more»

Racial and ethnic disparities persist in teen pregnancy rates

Birth rates for black and Latina teens have dropped steeply in the past two decades—at a much faster clip than that of white teens. Despite this, black and Latina girls are still more than twice as likely as white girls to become pregnant before they leave adolescence.... Read more»

Comic: Politicomix

The New (G.O.P.) Math

Republican leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey are hammering out a budget that would significantly reduce the state's Medicaid spending, triggering even larger cuts from federal programs that offer matching funds.... Read more»

CDC: Heroin OD deaths rose significantly from 2010-2013

A CDC report says heroin-related deaths almost tripled between 2010 and 2013 to 2.7 per 100,000 people. Arizona's heroin-related deaths are following a similar trend, according to Arizona Department of Health Services statistics.... Read more»

Obamacare subsidies for 155K in Az depend on Supreme Court ruling

The ruling in King v. Burwell could be a "game-changer" for the Affordable Care Act, said experts in Arizona. The suit challenges the federal subsidies that help individuals pay their insurance premiums, assistance that is extended to more than 155,000 people in Arizona. ... Read more»1

UA hospital tapped as Ebola treament center

The UA Health Network's hospital on the South Side will be home to a biocontainment unit, ready for the treatment of Ebola and other infectious diseases. The UA system was named by the CDC as one of 55 Ebola treatment centers in the country.... Read more»

FactCheck

Biden resurrects bogus talking points

Factcheck: Vice President Joe Biden resurrected years-old, Democratic talking points on the Affordable Care Act and U.S. oil production during a recent speech in New Hampshire.... Read more»

Executive action won't solve issue of uninsured immigrants

The president’s proposed immigration action could give millions of unauthorized immigrants the right to stay in the country and work, but it won’t solve their lack of health insurance. ... Read more»

Melanoma survivor urges lawmakers to bar minors from tanning beds

Christine Nelson said there’s a reason a tanning bed looks like a coffin. A melanoma survivor, Nelson said she has had numerous surgeries and takes eight doses of a chemotherapy drug every day. And she said it’s all because she decided to add a little color to her skin with indoor tanning sessions 30 years ago.... Read more»

Tucson soldier dies in South Korea

A soldier from Tucson died last week of an illness in Seoul, South Korea, officials said Monday. Sgt. Jason Luong, 36, was a public affairs specialist with the Headquarters Support Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, III Corps, deployed from Fort Hood, Texas.... Read more»

Tax-time reprieve for Obamacare procrastinators

The Obama administration said Friday it will allow a special health law enrollment period from March 15 to April 30 for consumers who realize while filling out their taxes that they owe a fee for not signing up for coverage last year.... Read more»

Lawmaker: Immunity from citations would encourage underage drinkers to seek help

A Republican lawmaker's bill would allow those under 21 to call for emergency services without fear of being cited for underage drinking. It also would apply to those who provide alcohol to someone else who is under the legal drinking age. ... Read more»

Capitol roundup: Elections switch, underage drinkers, service dogs

The Legislature didn’t take Monday off for Presidents Day and worked through Arizona’s post-birthday week as drama continued over the “firing” of two top Board of Education officials. ... Read more»

Obamacare enrollment tops 204,000 in Arizona

The 204,000 Arizonans who signed up for health insurance in the just-ended open enrollment period was a sharp increase from last year. At least 11.4 million Americans are now enrolled. ... Read more»

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