Of all the provisions being talked about in the new Senate health care bill, the one that could dramatically affect our state is tied to funding to battle the opioid epidemic. 790 Arizonans died from opioid overdoses last year and Governor Doug Ducey recently declared opioid abuse a public health emergency. Proposed cuts to Medicaid in the new health bill could be devastating to the … Continue reading Arizona’s Opioid Epidemic
The Senate’s long-awaited health plan draft is out and it includes, among other things, big reductions to Medicaid, elimination of the individual mandate, tax credits to help people buy insurance, and tax breaks for some Americans. From TheHill.com: The 142-page draft measure would fundamentally alter parts of President Obama’s signature healthcare law. It would make deep cuts to Medicaid, including a gradual rollback of … Continue reading The Secret is Out!
The secrecy surrounding the latest version of our nation’s health care legislation could end as soon as tomorrow. That’s when the Senate is expected to unveil details of its plan aimed at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). From CNBC.com: U.S. Senate Republicans plan to unveil the text of their draft health-care bill on Thursday as senators struggle over issues such as the future of … Continue reading Keep it Like a Secret
We live here. We get it. But this…..this is a bit different. A scorching heat wave with record setting temperatures that are so hot, airlines are canceling flights into and out of our state! From KNAU Arizona Public Radio: The first day of summer is forecast to bring some of the worst heat the southwestern U.S. has seen in years. The forecast calls for 119 degrees … Continue reading How Hot is Too Hot?
To reach our goal of one day making Arizona the healthiest state in the nation, we will need to improve our state’s health numbers in a lot of areas. A new report that looked at the best states to raise kids shows just how much work still needs to be done. Arizona ranked 46th in a national survey on child well-being….finishing ahead of only Nevada, … Continue reading Much Work To Do
Father’s Day is this weekend and if you’re still looking for a last minute gift – here’s a thought. How about encouraging the man in your life to visit the doctor for a health check-up. From PublicNewsService.org: Men are far less likely to see their doctors than women, and in general are less aware of medical symptoms. According to the CDC, women between 18 and … Continue reading Happy, Healthy Father’s Day
Those of you following the Senate’s efforts to craft its own health care bill probably know it’s being done away from the public eye. GOP Senators have held secret meetings to hammer out the bill’s details over the past several weeks and many now believe the new plan may soon be unveiled. From MSNBC: Senate Republicans are working to finish their draft health care bill, … Continue reading Can You Keep a Secret?