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Stall of Covid-19 aid in Congress stokes fears on pandemic preparedness

After Congress failed to pass more pandemic program funding, several lawmakers spent the start of Easter recess in quarantine amid a rise of COVID-19 cases as public health experts say partisan politicking is endangering the fight against the virus. ... Read more»

Hospital prices must now be transparent, yet for consumers, they’re still anyone’s guess

Under a Trump administration price transparency rule that took effect at the start of this year, hospitals are required to post a range of actual prices, but some hospitals bury the data deep on their websites or have not included all the categories of prices required.... 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»

As COVID-19 spreads in the state, it also spreads inside prison walls

Three Arizona correctional facilities all have high ratings for lack of access to health care and advocacy groups in the state are concerned the situation will worsen during the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more»

FAQ: How will the individual mandate work?

The federal health law's individual mandate, one of the key building blocks of the insurance overhaul, remains controversial as the October start date approaches for enrolling in new online marketplaces. Individuals who don't get insurance through work will shop for insurance on these websites for policies that will take effect in January.... Read more»

48 million Americans remain uninsured, Census Bureau reports

The rate of uninsured Americans dropped slightly for the second consecutive year in 2012, from 15.7 percent to 15.4 percent, largely a result of more people enrolling in Medicare and Medicaid, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday.... Read more»

Obama overpromises on premiums

President Obama claimed that all of the currently uninsured would be able to get coverage on the exchanges “at a significantly cheaper rate than what they can get right now on the individual market” even without federal tax credits. But even Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has said that younger Americans would likely pay more on the exchanges, while those who are older would likely pay less. ... Read more»

Insurance industry myths about the uninsured

Young adults comprise not only the biggest segment of the uninsured population, but also one of the heftiest segments of the unemployed population.... Read more»