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Obamacare enrollment in Arizona rose by 40,000, with more gains likely

More than 40,000 Arizonans signed up for Affordable Care Act health insurance in the six-month special enrollment period earlier this year, and advocates expect the numbers to keep rising in the enrollment period that opens next month. ... Read more»

Az doctors wary of controversial ivermectin COVID-19 treatment

Experts say ivermectin is an unproven COVID-19 treatment and can cause dangerous side effects. The drug is used as heartworm treatment for dogs, a horse dewormer and a human head-lice killer. Now one group is urging Gov. Ducey to make it immediately available to people at high risk for coronavirus.... Read more»

As pandemic surges, officials call COVID-19 fatigue real and dangerous

Hospital capacity is being stretched to the breaking point, with COVID-19 patients taking up a record 61% of beds in the state’s intensive care units as of Tuesday, but news of the disease does not command the attention it did just months ago.... Read more»

Ducey rejects new COVID-19 limit in Az, as analysts foresee swamped hospitals

Gov. Ducey again rejected calls for tougher statewide COVID-19 restrictions Wednesday in the face of what experts called a pending “catastrophe,” opting instead for more funding for nurses and more pleas for personal responsibility.... Read more»

In Arizona race, McSally makes healthcare pledge at odds with track record

Trailing Democratic challenger Mark Kelly in one of the country’s most hotly contested Senate races, Arizona Sen. Martha McSally is seeking to tie herself to an issue with across-the-aisle appeal: insurance protections for people with preexisting health conditions. ... Read more»1

Arizona hospitals could be overwhelmed by COVID-19 surge

A surge in coronavirus patients could overwhelm Arizona hospitals in the coming months if action is not taken now to expand hospital capacity and curb infections, according to a new study by the Harvard Global Health Institute. ... Read more»

Advocates think health care funds safe for now, worry about future

Arizona health care advocates are confident that President Donald Trump’s plan to slash billions from health services is “dead on arrival” in Congress – but that doesn’t mean they’re not angry at the administration’s direction.... Read more»

Feds say Arizona can move forward on work requirement for Medicaid

Federal officials issued guidelines last week that will let Arizona and nine other states move ahead on proposals to require that able-bodied Medicaid recipients are either working or involved in “community engagement activities” to be eligible for coverage.... Read more»

Report: Obamacare repeal could cut millions from Az public health funding

Repealing the Affordable Care Act could cost Arizona more than $46 million in federal public health funds over five years, according to a report released Tuesday by a national health policy organization.... Read more»

Cochise Regional Hospital set to close after Medicare cut off funding

The government cut off Medicare payments this month to Cochise Regional Hospital in Douglas. Officials have gone to court to restore funding, saying the facility will have to close without it, but federal authorities said that four surveys of the facility found “continuing, serious problems with basic nursing care.”... Read more»1