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Since 2010, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services has threatened to crack down on billing abuses in the popular health plans, which now cover more than 30 million Americans.

Medicare Advantage plans for seniors dodged a major financial bullet as government officials gave them a reprieve for returning hundreds of millions of dollars or more in government overpayments — some dating back a decade or more. Read more»

In March 2022, the FTC sued Intuit over deceptive ads for its so-called 'Free' edition.

After both Intuit and H&R Block left the Free File program, the future of the program is unclear, and it’s still difficult to find truly free tax filing options. The IRS created a tool to help you find this year’s Free File options as it looks into creating a public filing system. Read more»

It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S, according to the EPA, and investing in the clean up of these sites both improves and protects the environment.

The San Carlos Apache Tribe is set to receive more than $166,000 in funding to help it address contaminated brownfield sites that threaten environmental and public health of the tribe. Read more»

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Apartments in Downtown Tucson are among the few that accept federal Section 8 housing vouchers in Tucson.

The city of Tucson received 15,000 pre-applications for housing and Section 8 voucher waitlists in January. About 2,000 residents will be randomly approved to move ahead with full applications this year, with the first to be notified by Feb. 15. Read more»

The publicly-owned Salt River Project’s Coronado Generating Station -  set to shut down in the next decade - was one of six coal plants’ whose requests to keep dumping toxic ash into unlined or inadequately lined pits were denied. The Apache Generating Station was granted an extension.

The EPA denied the requests of six coal plants - including the Salt River Project’s Coronado Generating Station - to keep dumping toxic ash into unlined or inadequately lined pits, signaling the agency’s commitment to enforce the 2015 federal coal ash rules. Read more»

Pima Community College Chancellor Lee Lambert keeps plodding toward a restored school accreditation.

The PCC Governing Board will discuss the next in a long line of action steps required to get right with the Higher Learning Commission, which put the college on probation in 2013. Plus, OV wants bigger parks, and more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Arizona got a grade of A for the strength of its smoke-free workplace laws and a C for its access to tobacco cessation services, but failed the other three categories – tobacco taxes, treatment of flavored tobacco and funding of tobacco prevention and cessation – in the American Lung Association’s annual report card.

Arizona lags behind in policies that prevent and reduce tobacco use and the state received failing grades in three of five categories and did not improve on any of its grades from last year, according to the American Lung Association’s annual “State of Tobacco Control” report. Read more»

In October 2021, DHS stopped large worksite raids to instead investigate companies that exploit undocumented workers.

Undocumented immigrants enduring abuses such as wage theft, safety infractions and gender discrimination can now obtain deportation relief when they report workplace violations to a government agency, and gain temporary legal status when cooperating with investigators. Read more»

Gov. Katie Hobbs said she created an independent prison oversight commission to address 'really serious corrections issues and a lack of urgency to deal with them and change the way we’re treating folks in our custody in the state.' A federal judge this month ordered significant improvements to health care in the state’s prisons.

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs signed her sixth executive order Wednesday, establishing an independent prison oversight commission to improve the transparency and accountability of Arizona’s corrections system. Read more»

Advocates welcome the surge in Affordable Care Act enrollment, saying it will benefit patients as well as providers by letting people seek care before their health is in crisis. Nurse Diana Weaselboy performs a checkup at Patina Wellness Center in Phoenix in this 2019 photo.

A record number of Arizonans signed up for health insurance this year under the Affordable Care Act, as enrollment in the program continues to rebound from the Trump administration’s efforts to suppress coverage. Read more»

Arizona Republicans spent $205,000 or so on a three-day bus tour in the final days of the campaign, expenses that some Republicans say came at the cost of losing close races.

Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward and her team spent more than $530,000 on what one GOP consultant said were “vanity projects” designed to boost her ego instead of winning races on an election that ultimately ended in disaster for Republicans in Arizona. Read more»

Critics of the bill say enshrining HB2291 into law would invariably convince superintendents to stay away from struggling school districts.

Arizona school boards would have broader power to fire superintendents they believe are failing to meet the job’s responsibilities under a proposal that critics say could put board members at odds with the person they hired to run the districts — to the detriment of schools they oversee. Read more»

TEP building in Downtown Tucson

Tucsonans will be able to vote on a new 25-year franchise agreement with Tucson Electric Power that could raise monthly utility rates by .75%. The Tucson City Council voted 7-0 on Tuesday to hold a special election in May for residents to decide on the agreement. Read more»

More than $433,000 of that was spent on 'telemarketing/auto dialers,' and nearly one in every three dollars Lake's campaign spent went to a Virginia-based marketing and communications firm.

Former television news anchor turned MAGA star Kari Lake raised $2,515,169 after the Arizona governor's election to continue her legal fight against her election loss - but less than 10% of her post-election haul was spent to contest the election. Read more»

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell essentially bowed out of this year’s talks on Tuesday, leaving it at Biden and McCarthy’s feet.

President Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders called on the House GOP to “show us their plan,” with lawmakers sharply divided on the debt limit and short on time after the country reached the limit earlier this month. Read more»

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