Rising Drug Prices Under Fire (Preserve & Protect)

Skyrocketing drug prices and the public outcry to those rising costs have caught the attention of the feds. A U.S. Senate committee is launching a bipartisan investigation into the huge drug price hikes by four pharmaceutical companies…..including Turing Pharmaceuticals. From the New York Times: The Senate’s Special Committee on Aging requested documents and information on Wednesday from Turing, Valeant Pharmaceuticals and two other drug makers … Continue reading Rising Drug Prices Under Fire (Preserve & Protect)

Open For Business (Preserve & Protect)

Pay attention and shop around. That’s the advice from experts as the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period begins and prices are expected to be higher in many places – including Arizona. You can access the Arizona exchange by going to healthcare.gov. In a recent blog, we told you how Arizona’s benchmark health plan is likely to cost about 17.5 percent more next year than it did in … Continue reading Open For Business (Preserve & Protect)

Health Care Poll Results (Preserve & Protect)

Prescription drug prices are at the top of America’s list of health care concerns. That, according to a recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. From the Kaiser website: “Making sure that high-cost drugs for chronic conditions, such as HIV, hepatitis, mental illness and cancer, are affordable for those who need them is the top priority, picked by more than three quarters of the public (77%). It … Continue reading Health Care Poll Results (Preserve & Protect)

Arizona Earns “B” On Palliative Care Report Card (Preserve & Protect)

Two out of every three Arizona hospitals offered palliative care in 2013 and that was good enough to earn our state a “B” on a recent nationwide study. The “2015 State-By-State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care in Our Nation’s Hospitals” graded states based on the percentage of hospitals that had palliative units. According to Cronkite News: Palliative care offers “specialized medical care to patients with … Continue reading Arizona Earns “B” On Palliative Care Report Card (Preserve & Protect)

Arizona Health Officials Issue Warning (Preserve & Protect)

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is warning parents about tobacco use among children and adolescents. A story from Tucson News Now says the ADHS is circulating a study about the dangers of kids and tobacco. From the article: “Each day in the United States, nearly 2,900 kids under 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette and more than 700 kids become daily cigarette smokers. Many of these kids will … Continue reading Arizona Health Officials Issue Warning (Preserve & Protect)

Fallen Firefighter Memorial (Preserve & Protect)

119 Arizona firefighters and paramedics have died in the line of duty since 1902. A new memorial in downtown Phoenix recognizes their legacy and their sacrifice. The Fallen Firefighter Memorial opens to the public later this month, and we had a chance to take a look at the touching tribute to those brave men and women at Wesley Bolin Park last night. While the 19 … Continue reading Fallen Firefighter Memorial (Preserve & Protect)

Mental Health Screening (Preserve & Protect)

The 25th Annual National Depression Screening Day is next Thursday, October 8th. The event is designed to raise awareness about mental health issues and to screen people for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. Some organizations are offering free, in-person screenings on Thursday, but you can also take an anonymous online mental health screening anytime by clicking here. The following is from a New … Continue reading Mental Health Screening (Preserve & Protect)

Great Arizona Shakeout (Preserve & Protect)

More than 70,000 Arizonans are already signed up for the 2015 Great Arizona Shakeout on October 15th. The Shakeout is a worldwide earthquake preparedness event designed to teach people how to survive a recover quickly from big earthquakes. While earthquakes are not as common in Arizona as they are in California – they do happen. Click here or on the video below to watch the … Continue reading Great Arizona Shakeout (Preserve & Protect)

Early Autism Screening (Preserve & Protect)

Screening children for autism has long been a lightning rod for debate. A recent decision by the U.S Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) will likely add more fuel to that fire. A USPSTF panel released a draft recommendation and report that suggests there is not enough evidence to support screening all young children for autism – despite guidelines from experts other medical groups that urge such screening. From … Continue reading Early Autism Screening (Preserve & Protect)

Spiraling Drug Prices (Preserve & Protect)

For many Americans, the rising cost of prescription drugs can often mean difficult budget decisions. Money set aside for food and clothes may instead have to go toward medications. According to CNN: “Prescription drug costs are rising dramatically in the United States. Based on a recent survey by Consumer Reports, 33% of Americans were paying an average of $39 more out of pocket for their … Continue reading Spiraling Drug Prices (Preserve & Protect)