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DHS was not prepared to enforce ‘zero tolerance’ border policy

Homeland Security's inspector general found agents did not foresee the need to hold children for extended periods in facilities intended for short-term use and struggles to “identify, track, and reunify families” separated under the policy at the border. ... Read more»

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Detention center for immigrant children in Texas remains open

The immigration detention facility for undocumented immigrant minors in Tornillo will remain open another month, officials confirmed.... Read more»

Trump's restrictions on Obamacare mean likely higher premiums for Arizona

The White House’s decision to suspend billions in Obamacare “risk adjustment” payments to insurance companies could hit tens of thousands of Arizonans in the pocketbook, as insurance companies grapple with new market uncertainty.... Read more»

6-year-old heard on border facility audiotape still separated from her mother

Jimena Madrid riveted people around the world when her voice was captured on an audiotape after she was separated from her mother inside a Border Patrol detention facility. Three weeks later, reunification remains uncertain. “She says over and over, ‘Mommy, I want to be with you.’”... Read more»

Defendants in diapers? Immigrant toddlers ordered to appear in court alone

As the White House faces court orders to reunite families separated at the border, immigrant children as young as three years old are being ordered into court for their own deportation proceedings.... Read more»

Factcheck Q&A: Detaining children at the border

The controversy surrounding family separations at the U.S. southern border has prompted outrage, opinions and finger-pointing. It has also raised a number of questions, including from our readers. "Are there really children being separated from their parents at the border and being kept in cages?" one asked.... Read more»

Navajo official worries cuts under Trump will hurt tribal schools

The superintendent for Navajo schools said “alarming” calls for the Trump administration to eliminate Head Start funding could leave tribal children without preschool programs or the education resources they desperately need to succeed.... Read more»

Report: Obamacare repeal could cut millions from Az public health funding

Repealing the Affordable Care Act could cost Arizona more than $46 million in federal public health funds over five years, according to a report released Tuesday by a national health policy organization.... Read more»

If Obamacare goes away, coverage will stay – for the moment

Despite Donald Trump’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act in his first 100 days in office, health policy experts say those who have enrolled in the Obamacare marketplace are “more than likely” to keep their coverage for 2017.... Read more»

Obamacare enrollment beating last year's early pace

Despite the Affordable Care Act’s rising prices, decreased insurer participation and a vigorous political threat to its survival, consumer enrollment for 2017 is outpacing last year’s, according to new federal data and reports from state officials around the country.... Read more»

Az faces steepest Obamacare hike in U.S.; subsidies could curb pain

Arizona residents can expect to see the largest rate increases in the nation when open enrollment for Obamacare begins next week, but advocates say those increases should be offset by similarly large increases in tax credits for consumers.... Read more»

Despite premium increases, feds forecast 1 million more Obamacare signups

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell predicted Wednesday that 13.8 million people will sign up for Obamacare when open enrollment begins Nov. 1, even though they will face fewer options and higher premiums in states like Arizona.... Read more»

U.S. DEA denies petition to reclassify marijuana

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday denied requests to loosen the classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use. ... 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»

Report: Child care costs rival in-state college tuition in Arizona

Infant child care in Arizona costs an average of $9,437 a year, rivaling in-state college tuition and putting care out of reach for many families, according to a recent report. And Arizona’s costs were on the low end when compared to the rest of the nation, with infant care costs in Washington, D.C., reaching $22,631 annually.... Read more»

Factchecking Trump on Obamacare rates

Republican front-runner Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed, for months, that premiums under the Affordable Care Act are “going up 35, 45, 55 percent.”... Read more»

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