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Hepatitis A outbreak reaches 8 Arizona counties

A national outbreak of hepatitis A, which can cause nausea, jaundice and, in rare cases, kill, is sweeping through the state, Arizona health officials report.... Read more»

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VA expands veterans’ access to health care from private providers

More than 500,000 veterans in Arizona will now be allowed to seek care in the private sector, while VA administrators insist the move will not be a subsidy of the private system.... Read more»

The winners and losers in Arizona’s $11.8 billion budget

Arizona’s $11.8 billion budget for fiscal 2020 — which was passed late Monday only after Republican lawmakers demanded changes to child sex-abuse laws — includes money for schools, infrastructure and health care. But other measures, including one that would have funded pregnancy crisis centers, were left out.... Read more»

Public health vs. parent choice: The vaccination debate in Arizona

Health officials warn that vaccination rates are deteriorating across Arizona, risking public health as parents continue to opt out of immunizations.... Read more»

Guest opinion

'New NAFTA' does nothing to lower prescription drug costs for seniors

The high cost of prescription drugs is a huge issue for all Arizonans, and especially for retirees. But if Congress approves the newly negotiated NAFTA in its current form (the USMCA), the problem could be made even worse.... Read more»

On border, volunteer doctors struggle to provide stopgap care to immigrants

As recent arrivals are released from immigration detention with severe medical problems ranging from diarrhea to gaping wounds, a makeshift health system of volunteers is overwhelmed. The work is taking a financial and emotional toll. ... Read more»

Shutdown strains already-stressed Native American health system

Native American tribes rely heavily on federal assistance for basic services such as health care, so the government shutdown is hitting them harder than others.... Read more»1

Caught between DACA and ACA, Dreamer’s hopes for kidney transplant dim

Immigration status is not supposed to impact transplant eligibility, but insurance coverage and socioeconomic status do.... Read more»

Foreign-born doctors are vital to Arizona’s rural communities

For some patients living in rural areas, being treated by a foreign doctor is the only option they have.... Read more»

Midterms show health is important to voters but no magic bullet on Capitol Hill

Voters called health care the most important issue facing the country in 2018, and states — not Washington — may lead the way toward expanding coverage. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Revenge of the Greens: Sinema's petard & other takeaways from Tuesday's voting

Pima County's election night played as expected, Arizona had a surprise for Sinema and something strange is happening in Phoenix: What I learned in the 2018 midterms.... Read more»3

Early returns show McSally-Sinema race for Senate is too close to call

Early returns in the race for Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat showed a sliver of votes separating Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.... Read more»1

Health care is Sinema's top issue in Senate bid

Protecting Arizonans with pre-existing conditions from losing their health care and controlling costs are Democrat Kyrsten Sinema's top priorities.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Sinema plays it cool, McSally runs hot in Senate debate

McSally had the moxie to charge "treason" but Sinema put her on the defensive repeatedly during Monday's debate. You could tell by McSally’s exasperated denials, as the Democrat’s brainy posture seemed to piss the Republican candidate off to no end.... Read more»1

Health insurance premiums to drop about 10 percent in Arizona next year

Arizona is one of 17 states expected to see premiums in the Affordable Care Act marketplace drop in 2019, after years of steadily increasing costs.... Read more»

Analysis

John McCain helped build a country that no longer reflects his values

John McCain ends his career honorably and bravely, but with hostility from the White House, marginal influence in the Republican-controlled Senate, and a public less receptive to the positions he has long embodied. ... Read more»

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