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Az schools chief, health experts call for more precautions after Ducey stands firm on mask protocols

As schools begin to open for the fall semester, Arizona's top education official and other health experts are frustrated by Gov. Doug Ducey’s refusal to impose a mask mandate – defying new guidance from the CDC to wear masks indoors and in public, even if vaccinated. ... Read more»

Angry patients charged for telemedicine after being promised waived costs

Policymakers and insurers across the country say they are eliminating copayments, deductibles and other barriers to telemedicine for patients confined at home who need a doctor for any reason. But in a fragmented health system, the shift to cost-free telemedicine for patients is going far less smoothly than the speeches and press releases suggest. In some cases, doctors are billing for telephone calls that used to be free.... Read more»

'Health index' scores Az counties on residents’ welfare, major health issues

Diabetes, hypertension and depression are the biggest problems facing Arizona counties, according to a new nationwide health index map that also scored counties on whether they tend to be more healthy or less.... Read more»

Despite premium increases, feds forecast 1 million more Obamacare signups

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell predicted Wednesday that 13.8 million people will sign up for Obamacare when open enrollment begins Nov. 1, even though they will face fewer options and higher premiums in states like Arizona.... Read more»

What will Obamacare really cost? They might be first to know

Now that medical insurers must accept all applicants no matter how sick, what will these new customers cost health plans? How will they affect coverage prices for 2015 and beyond? Few questions about the Affordable Care Act are more important. How it all plays out will affect consumer pocketbooks, insurance company profits and perhaps the political fortunes of those backing the health law.... Read more»

Az insurer teams with Chicanos Por La Causa on health outreach

When Chicanos Por La Causa holds events, representatives from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona will be there to connect and inform the Latino community about the Affordable Care Act. The two organizations have collaborated on a public service announcement airing on Univision and Telemundo.... Read more»

Bill would implement some Affordable Care Act provisions

With Arizona declining to establish a health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act, a lawmaker wants to make sure the state maintains its oversight of insurers and policies.... Read more»

Who's to blame for rising cost of health insurance?

Health insurers are vague about why health insurance premiums are on the rise, but they're quick to scream "unfair" and point a finger at anyone but themselves.... Read more»