Special thanks
to our supporters

  • NewsMatch
  • Ernie Pyle
  • Regional Transportation Authority/Pima Association of Governments
  • Fund for Investigative Journalism
  • Lincoln Steffens
  • Chuck Huckelberry
  • Ted Schmidt
  • Betsy Bolding
  • Marion Chubon
  • Janni Simner
  • Michelle Crow
  • & many more!

We rely on readers like you. Join them & contribute to the Sentinel today!

Hosting provider

Proud member of

Local Independent Online News Publishers Authentically Local Local First Arizona Institute for Nonprofit News
 1 2 3 4 >  Last »
Boards set up outside the storefront of Drumbeat, a Native American goods store located in Phoenix, display missing people posters of Indigenous people from tribal nations across Arizona. Reva Stewart displays the missing person posters to help raise awareness.

Over the past year, unmarked vans cruising the streets of tribal nations to pick up Indigenous people - individuals claiming to be legitimate healthcare providers but who were instead allegedly billing Arizona’s Medicaid system for rehabilitation services that were never provided. Read more»

An Arizona National Guard soldier tests a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation for COVID-19 in Santa Rosa in August, 2020.

May 11 will mark the end of the federal public health emergency for COVID-19, bringing changes to health care and public benefits, including changes in the cost of COVID-19 tests and treatments and the potential loss of access to free COVID-19 vaccines for people who are uninsured. Read more»

After three years in the pandemic, when they were prohibited from dropping people from Medicaid rolls, Arizona officials have started to review recipients and drop those who no longer qualify. But they said they are working to steer people to other coverage.

Arizona and other states are once again free to verify that Medicaid enrollees are still qualified and cancel coverage if they’re not, and as many as 15 million Americans, including 7 million children, could lose the health coverage they relied on through the pandemic. Read more»

Melanie O’Rourke shows the sound processor she wears behind her ear. The transmitter sends sound signals to a receiver and stimulator implanted under the skin.

The Arizona Senate has passed a bill that would revive coverage of cochlear implants for anyone at least 21 years old who is covered for health and medical services under Arizona’s Health Care Cost Containment System. Read more»

Después de tres años en la pandemia, cuando se les prohibió eliminar a las personas de las listas de Medicaid, los funcionarios de Arizona han comenzado a revisar a los beneficiarios y eliminar a los que ya no califican. Pero dijeron que están trabajando para dirigir a las personas a otra cobertura.

AHCCCS alienta a los destinatarios a verificar la información de contacto y estar atentos a la correspondencia a medida que Arizona comienza a eliminar a las personas de las listas de Medicaid este mes, un proceso que podría sacar del plan a más de 600,000 personas. Read more»

In 2021, a federal judge in Texas ruled DACA unlawful and barred the government from accepting new applicants.

President Joe Biden announced a plan Thursday to expand federal health care coverage for undocumented immigrants who have been allowed to work in the U.S., among other protections, through their participation in the policy known as DACA. Read more»

After three years in the pandemic, when they were prohibited from dropping people from Medicaid rolls, Arizona officials have started to review recipients and drop those who no longer qualify. But they said they are working to steer people to other coverage.

AHCCCS is encouraging recipients to make sure contact information is current and to keep an eye out for correspondence as Arizona begins purging people from pandemic-inflated Medicaid rolls this month, a process that could push more than 600,000 people off the plan. Read more»

In some cases, prior authorization proved a potent but indirect deterrent, as few patients have the fortitude, time, or resources to navigate what can be a labyrinthine process of denials and appeals.

Prior authorization was designed decades ago to prevent expensive tests or procedures that are not needed but now prevents patients from getting the vital care they need - now, the federal government has proposed changes that would speed up the pre-certification process. Read more»

The pandemic widened accessibility by creating flexibility by how people access mental health care — including telehealth for patients on Medicaid.

As pandemic-era benefits end, some 600,000 Arizonans are set to be removed from the Medicaid rolls next year - a situation causing distress to many who are certainly at risk of being disenrolled and also those who may fall just over the income threshold to qualify for Medicaid. Read more»

Within a two-week period in October 2021, two state hospital patients were suspected of taking their own lives in the facility, raising questions about oversight, staffing and training at the hospital.

State legislators unanimously advanced a proposal to create an independent board to oversee the Arizona State Hospital, which cares for some of the state’s most vulnerable people, and is currently subject to oversight by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Read more»

Pushing up the deadline for disenrollment would require more staff, at a cost of around $16.7 million.

Hundreds of thousands of Arizonans are at risk of losing their Medicaid coverage over the next year because they are no longer eligible, and some state lawmakers are looking to speed up the disenrollment process. Read more»

Separating a nursing home operation and its building into two corporations - often with the same owners - is a common practice around the country.

Nearly 9,000 for-profit nursing homes outsource crucial services such as nursing staff, management, medical supplies and even building ownership to affiliated corporations, known as “related parties,” that their owners own, invest in, or control - while patient care declined. Read more»

Los estados tienen hasta febrero para presentar sus planes de cancelación a los Centros de Servicios de Medicare y Medicaid federales, que supervisarán el proceso.

Los estados se están preparando para retirar a millones de personas de Medicaid a medida que expiren las protecciones implementadas durante la pandemia de COVID-19, lo que pone a millones de estadounidenses de bajos ingresos en riesgo de perder la cobertura de salud. Read more»

States have until February to submit their unwinding plans to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which will monitor the process.

States are preparing to remove millions of people from Medicaid as protections put in place early in the COVID-19 pandemic expire - putting millions of low-income Americans at risk of losing health coverage and threatening their access to care. Read more»

Discretionary spending funds the vast majority of federal departments and agencies annually, including the departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs.

President Joe Biden and U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy huddled behind closed doors at the White House on Wednesday in the first of what will likely be several conversations as the country approaches two fiscal cliffs this year amid divided government. Read more»

 1 2 3 4 >  Last »