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FactCheck: The preexisting conditions debate

Democrats and Republicans have made competing claims on whether the latest version of the GOP health care bill maintains protections for people with preexisting medical conditions. President Trump has said, “Preexisting conditions are in the bill. And I mandate it.” While Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer has said that “insurance companies could deny coverage to those with preexisting conditions.”... Read more»

Political theater: How health-care bill that nearly all opposed managed to pass the House

The AARP called the health bill that House Republicans narrowly approved Thursday “deeply flawed” because it would weaken Medicare and lead to higher insurance premiums for older Americans. The American Medical Association said it would undo health insurance coverage gains and hurt public health efforts to fight disease. The American Hospital Association said the bill would destroy Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor that expanded mightily under the Affordable Care Act and buoyed hospitals’ bottom lines. Normally, that would spell failure.... Read more»

Found safe: Woman missing since hike Monday

Deputies thanked the public for information that helped them track down a woman who had been reported missing after last being seen hiking near Tucson on Monday. Shih-Ming Laura Yeh, 46, was located by the Pima County Search and Rescue Unit on Friday, and "and she is fine," authorities said.... Read more»

Giffords joins Democrats accusing Trump, GOP of pandering to NRA

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday to accuse Republicans of pandering to the gun lobby with bills to do away with gun-free school zones and deregulate silencers, among other measures.... Read more»

Experts: Aging in isolation a ‘silent killer’ for millions

Mortality rates are higher among seniors who are aging in isolation, a “silent killer” that affects millions but goes mostly unnoticed. An estimated 8 million older adults are affected by isolation, putting them at more risk for depression, dementia and mortality, a group of experts, including the Pima Council on Aging's W. Mark Clark, told Congress.... Read more»

Deputies still asking for help finding man missing on Tucson's East Side

A 64-year-old man was reported missing after last being seen walking near Tanque Verde Loop and Tanque Verde Road early Sunday morning, and authorities are still trying to locate him.... Read more»

Highway fatalities in Arizona, nation continued three-year climb in 2016

Highway fatalities in Arizona rose from just over two per day in 2014 to an average of more than 2.6 per day last year, the highest level in nine years, according to the most recent estimates.... Read more»

Court rejects Arizona’s challenge to EPA-imposed emissions rules

The Environmental Protection Agency was within its rights to impose certain standards on industrial sites in Arizona in place of state rules meant to ensure visibility in federal parks, a federal appeals court ruled.... Read more»

VA unveils tool to give vets clearer picture of medical care, delays

Veterans advocates said they were cautiously optimistic about a new Department of Veteran Affairs website that aims to provide veterans better information on wait times and quality of care at the agency’s hospitals.... Read more»

40% of Arizona adults know someone addicted to painkillers

More than four in ten adults in Arizona know someone who who has been addicted to prescription painkillers, according to a new poll. “Opioid addiction knows no boundaries,” said Douglas Coleman of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “It affects every demographic. It affects rich, poor, black, white. It affects everybody.”... Read more»

Deputies: Missing 85-year-old man found safe

An elderly Tucson man who "becomes disoriented easily" was located and reunited with his family Monday after going missing for much of the day. The man had last been seen driving a white Nissan truck south on the Northwest Side on Monday morning.... Read more»

Deputies: Missing elderly man located, reunited with family

An 88-year-old man who drove away from a home in Tucson Estates on Saturday afternoon was found and "reunited with his family," authorities said.... Read more»

Wounded man rescued by Border Patrol near Sells

Suffering from a gunshot wound to his left leg, a Honduran man was airlifted to a Tucson hospital after Border Patrol agents found him near the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday morning southwest of Sells, authorities said. ... Read more»

Smartphone distractions, drinking spur rising pedestrian death toll

Pedestrian deaths are surging across the nation, and analysts are putting much of the blame on drivers and walkers who are looking at their smartphones. Tipsy walking also is part of the problem, with one in three victims legally drunk when they were struck and killed.... Read more»

Struck on head by falling vase, Supervisor Ally Miller taken to hospital

Updated: Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller was transported to a hospital after being taken from her office on the top floor of the Pima County Administration Building via stretcher late Friday afternoon. She later posted that she was hit on the head by a falling vase.... Read more»

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