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First lady Jill Biden, Mayor Regina Romero celebrate Int'l Women's Day in Tucson

First lady Jill Biden and Tucson Mayor Regina Romero marked International Women's Day during a backyard celebration at Romero's home Tuesday, as Biden tours Arizona and Nevada to push the "cancer moonshot" and stalled Build Back Better bill. ... Read more»

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First lady Jill Biden to visit Tucson on Monday & Tuesday

First Lady Jill Biden will visit Tucson as part of a larger tour of Arizona and Nevada to push for the president's priorities outlined last week during his State of the Union address. Biden will visit San Xavier del Bac, and meet with Tucson Mayor Regina Romero. ... Read more»

Biden admin orders health insurers to start covering at-home COVID tests

Most Americans with private or group health insurance will have the cost of at-home COVID-19 tests covered by their providers starting Jan. 15, a move that comes as retailers struggle to keep up with demand for at-home tests sold over the counter in pharmacies.... Read more»

Record number of Americans sign up for ACA health insurance

A record 13.6 million Americans have signed up for health coverage for 2022 on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, with nearly a month remaining to enroll in most states - with some of the largest increases in states that have not expanded Medicaid under the ACA.... Read more»

Pima offers COVID boosters to 16-17-year-old after federal OK; nearly 100 new deaths reported in Az

Booster shots of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine are now available at Pima County clinics for 16 and 17-year-olds, after federal approval Thursday. 358 COVID deaths and 17,000 new infections were reported in Arizona this week. ... Read more»

Suit by doctors, hospitals seeks change in how arbitrators settle surprise billing cases

Two of the largest lobbying groups representing physicians and hospitals filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging a Biden administration decision on how to implement the law shielding patients from most surprise medical bills.... Read more»

In lieu of path to citizenship, advocates cheer immigration reforms in spending bill

While a pathway to citizenship was nixed in the most recent version of the Build Back Better Act, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and immigration advocates still welcome the protections from deportation expected to impact about 6.5 million undocumented immigrants. ... Read more»

HHS says surprise billing rules will force over-charging doctors to accept fair prices

Overpriced doctors and medical providers who can’t charge a reasonable rate for their services could be put out of business when new rules against surprise medical bills take effect in January - and that’s a good thing, according to HHS Xavier Becerra.... Read more»

Tribal leaders welcome return of White House meetings after four years

Tribal leaders said the just-ended White House summit on tribal affairs “shows promise” for the federal commitment to solving problems in Indian Country and to giving Native Americans a voice in the process. ... Read more»

Public health experts 'flabbergasted' Biden still hasn’t picked an FDA chief

President Joe Biden’s failure to name someone to lead the Food and Drug Administration, more than 10 months after the election, has flummoxed public health experts who say it’s baffling for the agency to be without a permanent leader during a national health crisis.... Read more»


When Americans recall their roots, they open up to immigration

Negativity toward migrants, stoked by factually inaccurate threat narratives – that migrants steal jobs and overrun schools and hospitals – is the norm in many countries, but reminding people what they share with immigrants can help build support for more inclusive policies.... Read more»

Grijalva calls for review of Texas facility for migrant kids after whistleblower complaint

Following a whistleblower complaint over the treatment of migrant children at facility at Fort Bliss in Texas, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva called for a congressional investigation into what he called "horrific" and "inhumane practices" at the facility. ... 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»

Supreme Court refuses to hear Arizona challenge to California tax law

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear Arizona’s challenge to California’s “extraordinarily aggressive” application of a tax against thousands of out-of-state companies, including as many as 13,000 in Arizona. ... Read more»

Arizona sitting out rush of states filing suit over Trump’s border emergency

Arizona is not joining more than a other dozen states in suing to halt President Donald Trump's invocation of emergency powers to pay for part of his border wall.... Read more»

Commerce sec. overruled Census officials to add citizenship question

Wilbur Ross wrote a memo arguing that the benefits of the controversial question would outweigh any harm... Read more»

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