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Az’s opioid epidemic grew twice as fast among pregnant mothers & newborns

At the urging of Gov. Doug Ducey, Arizona lawmakers approved sweeping new regulations of drugs designed to curb the state’s sprawling opioid epidemic, which has seen overdose deaths nearly double in the past decade. ... Read more»

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Ducey calls special session on opioid crisis

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday called a special legislative session to battle the opioid epidemic in Arizona, asking lawmakers to fund and expand health care.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Talton: The winter of our discontent

We've made it through the first year of the presidency of Donald Trump (let that name attached to that title sink in) without a nuclear war with North Korea. But there's next year.... Read more»

House extends kid’s health coverage, but Senate outlook unclear

The House Friday passed a GOP bill to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years by pulling funds from other programs under Obamacare, angering Democrats who called the cuts unnecessary.... Read more»

House approves ban on abortion after 20 weeks; chances slim in Senate

The House voted along party lines Tuesday to approve Arizona Rep. Trent Franks’ bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in cases of rape, incest or threats to the life of the mother.... Read more»

GOP drops Obamacare repeal bill after McCain, others oppose

Senate leaders abandoned their latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying Tuesday that they would turn their attention to tax reform after key GOP defections doomed the health care proposal.... Read more»

McCain coy on GOP healthcare bill backed by Flake, Ducey

ASen. John McCain, a key vote in the failure of the last Obamacare repeal attempt, refused to say Tuesday how he will vote on a new GOP plan.... Read more»

Arizona officials want tougher controls on opioid prescriptions

Arizona officials on Wednesday said they want to limit doctors to prescribing no more than five days’ worth of opioids for people who haven’t already been on the powerful pain medication.... Read more»

Marchers go from White House to ICE offices to protest DACA decision

Hundreds of demonstrators marched peacefully in Washington Tuesday to protest the Trump administration’s decision to “wind down” deferred deportation protections for illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump’s Phoenix fiction

In Phoenix for a rally Tuesday night, the president revised history, exaggerated accomplishments and made false claims. ... Read more»

Trump hits media, promises gov't shutdown over border wall funding

President Trump rallied about 5,000 supporters in Phoenix on Tuesday, spending almost a third of his time railing on how the press covered his response to the violence in Chartlottesville last week, and saying he'd shut down the government to get funding for his border wall.... Read more»

Trump visit to Arizona comes as party fight for Flake’s seat heats up

The primary race for Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake’s seat is heating up as one of Flake’s main antagonists, President Donald Trump, is visiting the state.... Read more»

Generic drug prices are declining, but many consumers aren’t benefiting

Outcry has been building over the rising cost of brand-name medications, but the price of generic drugs has been moving in the opposite direction. The stock prices of generic manufacturers have tumbled, but many consumers aren’t paying less at the pharmacy counter. ... Read more»

Factchecking selling insurance across state lines

President Trump said that by allowing insurers to sell plans across state lines, “your premiums will be down 60 and 70 percent.” We couldn’t find any study supporting such a decrease, and experts we consulted disputed the idea that overall average premiums would decline significantly.... Read more»

Quick take

McCain votes 'no' on Obamacare repeal: Bill 'offered no replacement'

Joining two other Republicans to kill an Obamacare repeal effort in a dramatic late-night Senate vote, Sen. John McCain said the GOP's "skinny repeal" bill "offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens." With video.... Read more»

Az protesters arrested at Flake’s D.C. office in health care rally

As calls of “Trumpcare kills” and “health care is a human right” echoed through the halls of Capitol office buildings Monday, Lauren Klinkhamer stood quietly in Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s office and told staffers, “I don’t want to die.” The Tucson resident fears she would be among the 22 million Americans, and as many as 400,000 Arizonans, who would lose health care under a bill the Senate is considering to replace the Affordable Care Act. ... Read more»

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