health care

KNAU and Arizona News
8:16 am
Mon August 3, 2015

AZ Gov. Ducey To Ask Federal Government To Approve Medicaid Changes

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey
Credit Charlie Leight/The Republic

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey plans to ask the federal government to approve major changes to the state's Medicaid insurance plan designed to encourage recipients to better utilize services and possibly cut state costs.

The plan to be formally announced Monday applies to able-bodied adults who don't provide care for small children, about a quarter of the state's 1.7 million Medicaid recipients. They would be charged co-pays for some services and required to pay 2 percent of their income into a health savings account.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:37 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Lawyers To Argue Over Arizona Medicaid Plan

 A battle over how former Gov. Jan Brewer funded the expansion of the state's Medicaid program is finally going before a judge.

Lawyers will argue about the constitutionality of Arizona's hospital "bed tax" in a Phoenix courtroom Thursday. The case that could determine whether 350,000 residents remain covered under the state's Medicaid expansion.

The case hinges on whether the assessment is a tax that should have been passed by a 2/3 vote in the state Legislature or a fee that can be passed by a majority vote.

KNAU and Arizona News
8:22 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Ahead of Signup Deadline, Arizona Affordable Care Act Enrollments Up

Open enrollment for health insurance through the federal government’s Affordable Care Act Marketplace ends Sunday. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, this year in Arizona there’s been a significant increase in those purchasing insurance through the program.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Brain Food: Home-Centered Healthcare for Native American Patients

The town of Chinle, near Canyon de Chelly on the Navajo Nation.
Credit Nicole Gilbert/Cronkite News

The Navajo Nation spans three states and 27,000 square miles. Many homes are so remote and spread out that they don’t have addresses. And, that can make healthcare difficult, especially follow-up care after hospitalization. That’s why John Georgas is working on a computer project and mobile app to identify homes without street addresses to make healthcare access a little easier. 

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State Capitol News
8:31 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Website Ranks Care Quality of State Hospitals and Care Providers

State Health Director Will Humble
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There’s some new information now available online to help you choose a hospital both by quality of care — and what it will cost you. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:59 am
Thu January 9, 2014

State Mental Health Services Bolstered by Brewer’s Personal Experience

Gov. Jan Brewer provides details Wednesday of the deal reached to finally settle the 33-year-old lawsuit charging the state is not meeting its legal obligations to provide care for the seriously mentally ill.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

The deal inked Wednesday between Gov. Jan Brewer and mental health advocates spelling out the additional services the state must provide for the seriously mentally ill is more than an academic exercise for her. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
1:56 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Arizona to Make Good on Decades-Old Mental Health Obligations

Gov. Jan Brewer provides details Wednesday of the deal reached to finally settle the 33-year-old lawsuit charging the state is not meeting its legal obligations to provide care for the seriously mentally ill.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

State officials and mental health advocates approved an historic deal today to provide more services for the seriously mentally ill, bringing to an end a 33-year-old lawsuit. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer has details.

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State Capitol News
8:46 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Bill on Contraceptive Coverage Facing Uncertain Future

It does not look like employers in this state are going to be able to use their religious beliefs to deny contraceptive coverage to their workers. 

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