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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is a great time to pause and reflect on the many things we are thankful for and at the top of my list is my family’s good health. Last year began an important step to make this possible for more people as part of the Affordable Care Act. Last November, affordable health insurance plans were made available through the Federal Marketplace and Arizona expanded the state’s Medicaid program for low-income individuals and families. In Arizona, the number of people who enrolled in either a Medicaid or Marketplace health plan totaled more than 265,000. Of that number, nearly 70,000 live in Pima County. This is great news for those families.
Open enrollment for health plans under the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, began Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15. Dozens of plans at various cost and benefit levels are being offered by many companies, and enrollment can be confusing.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is a great time to pause and reflect on the many things we are thankful for and at the top of my list is my family’s good health. Last year began an important step to make this possible for more people as part of the Affordable Care Act. Last November, affordable health insurance plans were made available through the Federal Marketplace and Arizona expanded the state’s Medicaid program for low-income individuals and families. In Arizona, the number of people who enrolled in either a Medicaid or Marketplace health plan totaled more than 265,000. Of that number, nearly 70,000 live in Pima County. This is great news for those families and beginning Nov.15, the open enrollment period begins again.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), three out of four child safety seats are improperly installed. Others say the number may be as high as 98 percent. The wide variety of child restraint systems, belt systems and passenger vehicle configurations can make the proper installation of a child’s car seat a challenge. However, incorrectly installed seats put children at risk for serious injuries.
PHOENIX – For Doris Goodale’s grown daughter, drug addiction didn’t begin with a party and a syringe. It was a doctor and a pill.
The Pima County Health Department and its community partners are taking part in a massive statewide effort (Cover Arizona) on Saturday, March 1 to help families sign up for health insurance.
I’ve written about it before, and will probably write about it again. Wal-Mart and many fast-food companies in our nation are part of the problem when it comes to welfare.
While Gov. Jan Brewer and select members of the Arizona Legislature celebrated the signing of the $8.8 billion budget for the 2013/2014 fiscal year on Monday, others were not as happy as plans continue to stop the Medicaid expansion through the ballot box.
Flanked by a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, and numerous stakeholders that included AARP Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer today signed historic legislation that will restore and expand Medicaid coverage for thousands of vulnerable Arizonans.
PHOENIX -- Rolling handily over most Republicans, the state House voted early today for an $8.8 billion spending plan, including an extensive expansion of the state's Medicaid program.
With all Republicans opposed, a House panel voted Monday to reject the proposal by Gov. Jan Brewer to use federal dollars to expand the state’s Medicaid program.
Pima County Health Department released a statement today about potential risk of exposure of blood borne infection due to the faulty installation of equipment at a clinic located at 3662 West Ina Road.
Rep. Adam Kwasman, R-District 11, said his number one priority is defeating Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal to expand Medicaid in Arizona.
A key piece in addressing the steady stream of unwanted and abandoned pets involves turning off the faucet.
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Pima County’s recommended budget for fiscal year 2011/12 contains a State Assistance Tax equal to cost shifts imposed by the Arizona Legislature on the County to balance the State budget. The legislature, over each of the last three years, has shifted State costs to counties. We have absorbed prior cost shifts, but these shifts have consequences in reduced services for the public, such as fewer pothole repairs and less maintenance of our parks. We cannot continue to absorb State cost shifts without putting our own budget in jeopardy.
In its second round of budget planning for the upcoming 2011-2012 fiscal year, the Marana Town Council on May 10 reviewed the proposed enterprise funds, and were updated on how the latest legislative session will impact the town.
Secede from Arizona? Create the 51st state? Can these people be serious?
A bill under consideration in the Arizona Legislature would eliminate the state’s Medicaid system, which provides health care services for more than 1.3 million residents.
The Arizona Legislature approved a budget earlier this year that included significant cuts to adult mental health services and restricted eligibility for many.
Karen Ford Manza, CEO, Arizona Family Planning Council/Special to The Explorer
As more information emerges about a seemingly deranged gunman accused of killing six people and wounding at least 13 others at a Northwest shopping center, many have asked why he never drew the attention of mental health professionals.
Newly re-elected Republican Sen. Al Melvin drove south from the Arizona Capitol on Monday, talking on his hands-free device — he’s an advocate of legislation to ban texting while driving — about his victory over Democrat Cheryl Cage in last Tuesday’s District 26 Senate election.
Among the propositions before voters on the Nov. 2 ballot is a measure forwarded by the Arizona Legislature that would sweep some $345 million from a voter-approved account for children's development and health into the state's general fund.
Save our state's future: vote yes on Prop 100 in the May 18 special election.