Tall with a buzz cut and a toothy grin, Dr. Ralph Heap is a banjo-pickin' orthopedic surgeon with a handsome family and enough charisma to worry incumbent Bob Worsley in the GOP primary for state senator from deeply red Legislative District 25. Heap also is a colossal hypocrite -- and the cat's paw ... More >>
Arizonans might be some of the stressed-out people in the United States.That is, if working long hours or being unemployed, commuting a long way, not having health insurance, spending too much on housing, and living in a densely populated area are things that cause stress.
In Arizona, 21 percent of the people receiving health insurance through the exchange established by Obamacare are children.That's easily the nation's highest proportion of children getting insured through Obamacare, and on its face, it seems like a good thing -- kids are getting insured in a state w ... More >>
Arizona still has the third-highest rate of uninsured children in the nation.However, that rate is dropping, and a report released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides some insight into what type of kids are getting insured.
Maps made by a Georgia Tech grad student show where the highest concentrations of people without health insurance live in America's biggest cities, including Phoenix.The maps are based on data collected from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, and the map of Phoenix isn't entirely surpris ... More >>
A survey of Phoenix residents suggests that people are generally confused about what happens if they don't have health insurance at the end of this month.Consider that there are around 1 million uninsured people statewide, and only about 60,000 have purchased health insurance through the exchange es ... More >>
It's been said that the most important demographic group for the success of Obamacare is the "young invincibles" -- healthy young adults.And there's no state with a smaller proportion of young people buying health insurance through the Obamacare exchange than Arizona.
More than 2,800 Arizonans picked out a health insurance plan last month through the federal marketplace established by Obamacare.In October, the first month the marketplace became available, just 739 Arizonans picked a plan, although well-publicized troubles with the healthcare.gov website kept peop ... More >>
A grand total of 739 Arizonans signed up for health insurance through the federal health insurance exchange set up by Obamacare.Nationwide, 106,185 people have selected health care plans through the marketplace, according to statistics released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servic ... More >>
Senator Jeff Flake thinks the public should know how many people have enrolled in the health insurance marketplaces created by Obamacare.Flake released a letter he sent to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, asking for reports on enrollment in the federal and state-run exchanges.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be in Phoenix on Thursday to promote Obamacare.Sebelius isn't exactly in everyone's good graces right now, since her agency is responsible for rolling out the health insurance exchange website that's been a world-famous failure so far.
A court-ordered halt to an Arizona law that bans the state from contracting with organizations that provide abortions has been upheld by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court. In a 32-page ruling, the appeals court makes ground beef of arguments by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and Tom Betlach, Arizona ... More >>
A Phoenix-area resident claims he swallowed a piece of metal that was inside a burrito he purchased at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant.According to the lawsuit filed on behalf of Tyler Maiden, that piece of metal got stuck in his esophagus, and he "suffered serious, significant, and permanent in ... More >>
The clipboard-wielding people are getting a little hard to avoid -- whether at your home, or out in public, there always seems to be someone with a clipboard, who wants your signature for something.Right now, there are nine applications with the Secretary of State's office to gather signatures for i ... More >>
The effort by some right-wingers to repeal the Medicaid expansion championed by Governor Jan Brewer does not seem to be going well.The group trying to gather signatures to put the repeal on the ballot, which calls itself United Republican Alliance of Principled Conservatives, seems to be hoping to g ... More >>
Despite the outcry from the state's far-right-wingers, Governor Jan Brewer's plan for Medicaid expansion plan now only requires her signature to become law.While it certainly seemed odd that Brewer would embrace a part of "Obamacare," months after shoving her finger in President Obama's face, she wa ... More >>
Right next to what you would expect to be a story about hell freezing over is a story with the headline "Arizona's Jan Brewer becomes unlikely ally of Obamacare" in Politico.Seeing as Governor Jan Brewer has signed budgets that call for cuts in Medicaid coverage (remember the transplant debacle?), a ... More >>
A few short years ago, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer became the hero of most conservatives and the villain to most liberals when she signed the anti-Mexican SB1070 bill into law. Now, with Brewer possibly staking her legacy -- as USA Today put it recently -- on the Medicaid fight, she's dividing righ ... More >>
NextCare, a nationwide urgent-care-center company based in Phoenix, has agreed to pay the feds $10 million for submitting false claims to Medicare, Medicaid and other federal health-care programs. We had no idea turning in corrupt corporations could be so lucrative: The informant in this case, form ... More >>
The thought that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- also known as "Obamacare" -- is a "government takeover" of health care has been repeated over, and over, and over again since the spring of 2009.That thought earned the label of "Lie of the Year" by PolitiFact, a fact-checking outlet ... More >>
Governor Jan Brewer said Thursday's Supreme Court decision on health care will lead to the "erosion of individual liberty." Congressman Ben Quayle said "[Thursday's] decision was a disaster for the American people and the American healthcare system." Beyond the expected trigger-happy partisan rhet ... More >>
Republican state Senator Nancy Barto is the chairman of the Senate Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform Committee, which would make you think Barto knows a thing or two about how health care works.After taking a look at her comments on the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Patient Protection ... More >>
Sinema's statement on Iran starts 2:48 in, her comments on health care at around 6:03The flap over center-left talking head Hilary Rosen and her perceived insult of Mitt Romney's wife Ann offers a perfect example of how mere verbal flubs can offer ammunition to right-wingers in the highly-charged pa ... More >>
Hundreds of thousands of impoverished Arizonans with health problems apparently will have to tough it out following a court ruling today that upholds healthcare cuts.Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Mark Brain ruled that a group of people suing the state can't forced Arizona law ... More >>
J.D. Hayworth's rumored to be considering another Senate run. Let the brown-bashing commence.Former TV pitchman J.D. Hayworth thinks the reason Arizona's medicaid program is in such bad financial shape is because it covers people who are in the country illegally. The only problem with that is Ari ... More >>
www.sonofthesouth.comThe Arizona Republic yesterday got the scoop that several Maricopa County employees are getting fussy over having to submit to saliva swabs for nicotine analysis to prove that they don't use tobacco products in order to be eligible for lower insurance premiums than non-tobbac ... More >>
Senator Biggs: Thanking God every day for Ed McMahon It's apropos that state Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Andy Biggs, the man primarily responsible for a bill that will drive a Ryder Truck full of nitro through the state's Medicaid program, is himself a very wealthy man.He's not ric ... More >>
azgovernor.govThe Obama administration hands Brewer a victory Governor Jan Brewer seems to have scored a "win," if you can call it that, in her effort to cut hundreds of thousands of childless adults from the state's Medicaid program, otherwise known as the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment Syste ... More >>
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer this morning signed a bill that gives her the authority to request a waiver from the federal government that would temporarily remove nearly 300,000 of the state's neediest people from the Medicaid program.The governor's plan would remove about 280,000 low-inc ... More >>
James KingAttorney General Tom Horne has a few problems with President Obama's health care plan.Newly sworn in Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne announced today that he's planning to do something his predecessor, Terry Goddard, refused to do: throw the Arizona Attorney General's Office into the ... More >>
Senate hopeful J.D. Hayworth's latest TV ad has given the John McCain campaign an opportunity to re-package the old "wrestling match with a pig" analogy. As the saying goes, getting into one is a bad idea because "you both get dirty and the pig likes it."The McCain campaign would argue that H ... More >>
Arizona Senator John McCain is looking at last night's Massachusetts Senate election as the "wake-up" call that could change how business is done in the nation's capitol. "Last night, a shot was fired around this nation ... saying no more business as usual in Washington, D.C.,"&nbs ... More >>
In an announcement from the ninth floor today, Governor Jan and the brew crew confirm that Anthony Rodgers will be leaving his position as head of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, and the administration has already found a replacement. "I am pleased today to announce the app ... More >>
Governor Jan Brewer, who has stayed out of the spotlight for the last few weeks, sent a letter to U.S. Senator Max Baucus yesterday outlining for him exactly why she thinks his health care reform plan could be the straw that breaks Arizona's economic back.In the letter, Brewer discussed the heavy ... More >>
The billionaires join ranks with the Obama-haters in this new Dennis Gilman video. In the tradition of Michael Moore and the stunts he regularly pulled in his TV show The Awful Truth (and continues to pull in his films), come the Billionaires for Wealthcare, a crew of wannabe-Warren Buffets w ... More >>
Phoenix Children's Hospital, for years hidden inside Good Samaritan hospital, seems to have been misplaced by the federal government
FBI investigates possible Medicare fraud in county health-care system
Despite its dismal record insuring state workers, Intergroup has been welcomed back with open arms. The move has some employees seething.
As network news shows begin investigating alleged AHCCCS abuses, the Arizona Republic finally takes notice
GOP boosters say Arizona's medical system for the poor should be a model for national health-care reform. But three federal investigations question whether Arizona's system is any less expensive than traditional Medicaid plans.
State's AHCCCS program under investigation by trio of federal agencies
THE STATE'S MEDICAL SYSTEM FOR THE POOR DOESN'T KNOW WHETHER ITS CLIENTS ARE DEAD OR ALIVE. AND THAT'S HARDLY THE WORST OF THE PROBLEMS AT THE ARIZONA HEALTH CARE COST CONTAINMENT SYSTEM.
"CANCEL" IS ALSO A DEADLY WORD FOR MANY ARIZONANS WHO ARE LOSING HEALTH INSURANCE