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ACA enrollment uptick a 'pleasant surprise' after years of declines

After years of steady declines, enrollment in Affordable Care Act coverage ticked up in Arizona and held steady in the U.S. this year in what one advocate called a “pleasant surprise” after a challenging year.... Read more»0

Arizona posts new COVID-19 case record, as possible holiday surge looms

Arizona reported a record 10,322 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, more than twice the previous high, as cases surged ahead of a holiday season that one health expert said could be a “real scary time.”... Read more»0

Arizona comes up short in report on lung cancer screening, treatment

Arizona was in the bottom tier in three of six categories in a new American Lung Association report, which put the state dead-last for the number of patients who receive treatment after getting a diagnosis of lung cancer.... Read more»0

Az tops 250,000 COVID-19 cases, 6,000 deaths, renewing safety calls

As of Thursday, ADHS reported the state has had 6,087 coronavirus-related deaths and 252,768 people infected.... Read more»0

Air Trump: Cost of trips to campaign events still hard to pin down

Government watchdog groups say they have not been able to get a full accounting of the expenses related to the president’s use of Air Force One, despite years of trying.... Read more»0

UA team cheers success of asteroid-contact mission

A spacecraft made in collaboration with the UA made contact with an asteroid on Tuesday and collected samples that researchers hope will provide a better understanding of the formation of our solar system. ... Read more»0

Census: Number of Arizonans without health insurance rose again in 2019

The number of Arizonans without health insurance jumped to more than 800,000 last year, the third consecutive year of increases for the state, according to the latest data from the Census Bureau.... Read more»0

Maricopa official: Disinformation poses threat to election security

Officials need to be as concerned about voting disinformation as they are about people tampering with ballots themselves, a Maricopa County official said Wednesday during a forum on election security.... Read more»0

Ducey urges flu shots to keep Az hospitals from being overwhelmed

State officials Monday laid out a plan for “aggressively” combating the upcoming influenza season as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers, with the first step being to urge people to get a flu shot as soon as possible.... Read more»0