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Despite Obamacare promise, transgender people have trouble getting some care

Transgender people are still fighting for access to crucial health services despite the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that insurance companies not deny coverage based on gender or health history. The issue stems from the fact that enrollees must check a single gender box when they sign up for a plan sold on the individual or small group markets.... Read more»1

Three adults, unborn child killed when car crashes into palm tree

Three adults and an unborn child died after a car struck a palm tree in Midtown overnight, authorities said. The driver of the car was hospitalized with critical injuries.... Read more»

No escaping medical copays, even in prison

Even going to prison doesn’t spare patients from having to pay medical copays. In response to the rapidly rising cost of providing health care, states — including Arizona — are increasingly authorizing the collection of fees from prisoners for medical services they receive while in state prisons or local jails.... Read more»1

Factchecking Trump’s attack on McCain

Donald Trump distorts the facts in a recent op-ed in which he says Sen. John McCain has “abandoned our veterans” and “failed the state of Arizona and the country.” ... Read more»

Arizona continues to fare poorly in national child well-being scorecard

Despite making progress in most areas, Arizona remained mired at 46th among states for overall child well-being in the 2015 KidsCount report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.... Read more»

Food fight: FDA plan to cut trans fats stirs some consumers

The Food and Drug Administration said last month that it plans to ban trans fats in most foods, giving companies until 2018 to reformulate their products or petition the FDA to allow the continued use of trans fats in their foods.... Read more»

NASA prioritizing global health research on the Int'l Space Station

Small start-ups and multinational corporations alike are getting the chance to do groundbreaking research in Low Earth Orbit. ... Read more»

Woman dies on Picacho Peak hike

A 29-year-old Texas woman died while hiking on Picacho Peak on Wednesday. The tourist, who was with her fiancé' and became disoriented, appears to have died from heat-related causes.... Read more»

When keeping secrets is your job, getting help a problem for some veterans

Sgt. Daniel Somers’ work in Iraq was classified, so when he returned from the war and sought treatment for traumatic brain injury and PTSD he balked at a care in a group setting. Afraid he might reveal secrets, he asked for individual care. After two years with no resolution from the VA, Somers took his own life in 2013.... Read more»1

Share your ideas for the new county animal shelter

If saving animals is one of your pet concerns, you can attend a public forum about the the future of the region's largest animal adoption agency: the Pima Animal Care Center.... Read more»

Calif. & Oregon to allow birth control without doctor's Rx

California and Oregon will be the first states in the nation to allow women to get birth control pills and other hormonal contraceptives directly from their pharmacists – without a doctor’s prescription.... Read more»

Birth control coverage saving women significant money

Women are saving a lot of money as a result of a health law requirement that insurance cover most forms of prescription contraceptives with no additional out-of-pocket costs. But the amount of those savings and the speed with which those savings occurred surprised researchers.... Read more»1

Skipping in sister’s footsteps: Tucson girl’s recipe stirs White House invite

Some people are excited to attend a White House state dinner. Most would be thrilled to see their signature dish on the menu. Not everyone tops off the day by skipping through the White House kitchen garden. But Nia Thomas is not everyone. The 10-year-old Tucson girl was one of 55 grade-schoolers invited to the Kids State Dinner on Friday.... Read more»

Highway agency takes hit over report on electronic billboard safety

Why did the billboard cross the road? It sounds like the opening line of a corny joke, but it’s actually a question raised by a baffling glitch in a Federal Highway Administration study on the safety of electronic billboards.... Read more»

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FactCheck: No, the EPA will not regulate your barbecue

A Republican congressman says the EPA wants “to stop you and I from grilling,” and he has proposed legislation that would prohibit federal regulation of backyard barbecues. Rep. Richard Hudson cites an EPA “study,” but that is actually a student design project; the agency says it has no plans to regulate barbecues.... Read more»

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