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Obamacare’s next 5 hurdles to clear

Obamacare survived it's second Supreme Court challenge, but it's long term future still isn't ensured.... Read more»

Meat and Steele at Smokin' Showdown fundraiser

Barbecue brisket, beer and live music on the plaza of Hotel Congress on Saturday will be the attractions at a fundraiser for the Steele Children's Research Center. Seven local chefs will vie for the title of the Old Pueblo’s Pitmaster, and support the search for effective treatments for pediatric cancer and diabetes.... Read more»

Obamacare ruling spares health care subsidies for 127,000 in Az

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the latest challenge to the ACA and upheld the subsidies that help lower-income Americans get insurance. And estimated 127, 0000 Arizona residents use those subsidies to buy health insurance.... Read more»

FactChecking fallout from High Court Obamacare ruling

The Supreme Court upholds the ACA subsidies, and the political reaction is misleading. ... Read more»

3 days of free screening lead up to National HIV Testing Day

Community organizations across Tucson are offering free and confidential HIV testing Thursday, Friday and Saturday, marking the 21st annual National HIV Testing Day. In Pima County, more than 1,000 people are believed to be infected and unaware of it, while about nearly 16,000 across the state were living with HIV/AIDS in 2013.... Read more»

Panel ‘demands’ end to Native teen suicides, but answers hard to come by

The rate of suicides among Native American youth is 2.5 times the national average.... Read more»

Taking a hike: Arizonans work out longer than people in most states

People in Arizona work out longer than those in almost any other state, according to an analysis of data from millions of users of a popular fitness app. Arizona ranked fifth among states, with an average weekly workout of 79 minutes. California was first, at 87.4 minutes per week on average, followed by Colorado, Washington and Oregon.... Read more»

Commentary

Potter: For-profit hospitals mark up prices by 1,000+ percent because there's nothing to stop them

Commentary: health facility charges run amok. If you think costs would come down if hospitals were all owned and operated by big for-profit corporations like Hospital Corporation of America, you might want to take a look at a study published by the journal Health Affairs — those 50 had an average markup of 1,013 percent over what Medicare pays.... Read more»

Weather Service warns of dangerous temps: 116° possible

The National Weather Service is warning of record heat in Southern Arizona for Friday and Saturday, with temperatures spiking as high as 10 degrees above normal. People and pets outdoors or without air conditioning will face an elevated risk of heat-related illness as the mercury climbs as high as 116 degrees.... Read more»1

Southern Az's remaining indie hospitals announce alliance

While the number of locally run hospitals is shrinking in Southern Arizona, five independent nonprofit medical facilities announced this week that they have formed the Southern Arizona Hospital Alliance to improve care and reduce costs. The group includes Tucson Medical Center and hospitals in Benson, Bisbee, Safford and Willcox.... Read more»

Grijalva: Investigate migrant deaths at Eloy Detention Center

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva is calling on the Justice Department to investigate reports of two deaths of migrant men held in Arizona. "Eloy Detention Center is in the business of detaining people for profit, but that does not exempt them from upholding the law," he said. "The fact that some this information is seeping out of the seams, as opposed to being reported and addressed outright, only furthers the concerns."... Read more»1

Factchecking Obama's health care boasts

President Barack Obama made misleading and exaggerated claims in a speech Tuesday boasting of the accomplishments of the Affordable Care Act.... Read more»

OSHA unveils new hot app – no, really, it’s an app warning of hot weather

OSHA officials have a message for workers and others who expect to be outside working and playing as summer heats up: Shade, water and rest for safety. And if that’s too much to remember, the agency has an app for that.... Read more»

White House touts Obamacare health insurance gains in Arizona

The number of Arizonans without health insurance fell from 20.4 percent of state residents in 2013 to 17.5 percent in 2014, further proof that Obamacare is working, the White House said Tuesday.... Read more»

Class-action suit claims Border Patrol violates immigrants' civil rights

During a six-month period in 2013, people detained by the Border Patrol near Tucson were regularly held more than 24 hours in temporary facilities, breaking the agency's own policies and subjecting immigrants to freezing, overcrowded cells without access to food, water, medical care and legal council, according to a new federal class-action lawsuit. ... Read more»

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