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Feds make it easier for states to enroll poor under health law

States will have the option to use data from food stamps, other programs, to enroll adults in Medicaid. Officials say the changes are geared to states that are expanding the program next year, but they may also be adopted by others.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Az Senate budget includes Medicaid expansion

Interviews with Rep. Bruce Wheeler D-LD28, Sen. Linda Lopez D-LD2, Sen. Steve Farley D-LD9, Ben Buehler-Garcia Ward 3 Tucson City Council Candidate, Reporter Ben Giles Arizona Capitol Times, Jesse Lugo Civic Leader, Middle East Expert Prof. Stephen Zunes ... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Arizona's economy showing signs of recovery

Inteviews with economist Jim Rounds, VP Elliott D. Pollack & Co.; Steve Kozachik Ward 6 Tucson City councilman; Mark B. Evans, administrator of Tucsoncitizen.com; financial advisor Shelly Fishman; and Ken Strobeck, executive director of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Why does health care cost so much?

Shouldn't the focus in health care policy be aimed at understanding why health care costs so much? Wouldn't the answer determine the right policies to pursue? If we bring down costs, wouldn't many of our concerns about the cost of care and access to insurance be addressed? ... Read more»

Limits on residencies an obstacle to fixing doctor shortage

Officials estimate estimates there are 141 primary care shortage areas, 94 mental health care shortage areas and 154 dental care shortage area across the state. Experts predict the problem will only get worse as more Arizonans get health insurance and Medicaid coverage. ... Read more»

IRS should bar dark money groups from funding political ads, lawsuit says

A former Illinois congressional candidate and a government watchdog organization have teamed up to sue the Internal Revenue Service, claiming the agency should bar dark money groups from funding political ads.... Read more»

FactChecking Obama’s State of the Union

The president spins his accomplishments on jobs, health care and deficit reduction in annual address.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Expanded Medicaid would shrink Arizona's wallet

Legislators who value fiscal prudence, the health of the state's future economy, and individual liberty should not support the expansion of Medicaid.... Read more»

Lawmaker: Bill to ban state health exchange more than statement

A bill that would prevent Arizona from setting up its own health insurance exchange is a political statement on its face, but the author said he intends to do more than just send a message. (with video)... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: The gun buyback debate

TUSD Boardmember Mark Stegeman, Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, former state Sen. Frank Antenori, Richard Studwell, developer and City Hall commentator... Read more»

Just 8% now say they're Tea Party members

The Tea Party has grown tepid, a new survey shows, with just 8 percent of voters saying they belong to the right-wing movement. Views of the Tea Party are steeped in negativity, a Rasmussen Reports poll showed, with 49 percent having an unfavorable view of the movement.... Read more»

Commentary

Potter: The behind-the-scenes battle that could subvert Obamacare

Complex state level battle over stop-loss coverage could eliminate crucial consumer protections. ... Read more»

Analysis

Potter: Health insurance needs tougher regulation

I've often said that the Affordable Care Act is the end of the beginning of health reform. It addresses many problems associated with health insurance, but more must be done to control costs and access real universal coverage. And flaws in the law need to be fixed.... Read more»1

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J.C. Scott: 2012 election analysis

Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez, talk show host Emil Franzi, Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small.... Read more»

States wrestle with health exchange choices

Oklahoma has opted not to proceed with a state-based exchange or with the Medicaid expansion, while Republican governors from Tennessee, Utah and Iowa continue to press the Department of Health and Human Services for more guidance. ... Read more»

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