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Hernandez: Health insurance subsidies must be a top priority in Congress

We must do everything we can to make health care accessible and affordable. I urge my U.S. senators — Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema — to understand how crucial it is for Congress to protect federal insurance subsidies for millions of Americans before they expire next year. — State Rep. Alma Hernandez... Read more»1

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Limited Medicaid access puts childbearing women at risk

In states that have declined to expand Medicaid to all adults with lower incomes, women of childbearing age are more than twice as likely to be without health insurance as those living in expansion states - a disparity that helps explain the United States’ dismal maternal mortality rate. ... Read more»

Ducey: Arizona schools won’t get COVID aid funds if they require masks

A day after a judge ruled that a state law barring Arizona schools from requiring masks can’t be enforced until September, Gov. Ducey said school districts enacting temporary mask mandates won’t receive some federal COVID-19 relief money unless they call off those plans.... Read more»1

Don’t want a COVID vaccine? Be prepared to pay more for insurance

Before COVID vaccines, most major private insurers waived patient payments for coronavirus treatment, but many if not most have allowed that policy to lapse for what is now a preventable hospitalization, so vaccine resisters should be prepared for insurance hikes.... Read more»

High court quashes challenge from states including Arizona, to Affordable Care Act

Backing the law still cheekily called Obamacare for the third time, the Supreme Court saw its conservative justices sharply divided in a 7-2 decision on whether Texas, Arizona, and other Republican state challengers, have standing without the individual mandate.... Read more»

Expanding insurance coverage is top priority for new Medicare-Medicaid chief

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, new head of the federal agency that oversees health benefits for nearly 150 million Americans and $1 trillion in federal spending, said in one of her first interviews that her top priorities will be broadening insurance coverage and ensuring health equity.... Read more»

Affordable Care Act sign-ups continued surge in Arizona, U.S. in April

Health care coverage in Arizona under the Affordable Care Act is at its highest level in three years, as enrollment continued to climb in April during a special open enrollment period, according to the latest government data. ... Read more»

Strong initial response to special Affordable Care Act open enrollment

A special open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act coverage drew 528,005 new enrollees nationwide in its first six weeks, with 9,569 of those consumers in Arizona, according to a report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.... Read more»

Travel nurses, staffing industry pushed to the limits by COVID-19

Tens of thousands of travel nurses cycle between hot spots, adjusting to new work settings, different co-workers, unfamiliar assignments and long hours, but after more than a year of witnessing unrelenting death and risking their own exposure on the front lines, some travel nurses are burning out.... Read more»

Experts: Biden's Obamacare open enrollment period could be ‘really good’ for Arizona

The normal period for Americans to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act ended Dec. 15, but President Biden called for a special 90-day open enrollment period in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis that health advocates say could open the door to health insurance for thousands in Arizona.... Read more»

Transgender patients face uphill battle for care amid discrimination, doctor shortage

Even today, obstacles to health care remain for the estimated 1.4 million adults in the United States who identify as transgender – in large part because of the lack of medical professionals who themselves are transgender and the discrimination patients face from other practitioners.... Read more»

'Disruptive and cruel': Native Americans worry as Supreme Court weighs repeal of health care act

Native American leaders are keeping close watch on the Supreme Court battle over whether to repeal all or parts of the Affordable Care Act, a move many say could devastate health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives.... Read more»

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»

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»

COVID-19 not top health concern of voters in Arizona

COVID-19 may be getting the headlines but it’s not the top health care issue on the minds of voters in a number of battleground states, including Arizona, according to a poll released Thursday.... Read more»

Arizonans share health care struggles in Democratic convention speeches

When Arizona native Kristin Urquiza wrote her dad’s obituary after his June 30 death from COVID-19, the Democratic National Convention was probably the furthest thing from her mind.... Read more»

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