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5 Things Arizona: Q&A w/ Rep. Lorenzo Sierra, Agency budget requests, ARPA funds

| Sep 30, 2021 | Arizona

For the uninitiated, the legislative session seems a long ways off. But, if the key issue is always money, then the budget is the primary object of each legislative session. And that conversation begins this month with budget requests coming in from state agencies. ASU's finest, reporter Ethan Kispert, has...[ Read More ]

Arizona agencies submit budget requests for FY 2023

| Sep 29, 2021 | Arizona

According to the Arizona Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting, several agencies have released their budget requests to be considered during the next legislative session.      Listed below are some of the health care related requests.    Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS): AHCCCS’s Fiscal Year 2023...[ Read More ]

Arizona COVID-19 statistics remain stable

| Sep 29, 2021 | Arizona

COVID-19 numbers for Arizona appear to be steady as the Delta variant continues to ravage the country.     According to CDC data on COVID cases for U.S. states, Arizona has had 17,505 new cases since September 21 with a positivity range of 10 to 15%. For the past week,...[ Read More ]

AMA report shows drop in opioid prescriptions alongside increasing drug-related deaths

| Sep 29, 2021 | Arizona

The American Medical Association (AMA) released a report last week showing a drop in opioid prescriptions nationwide. According to the report, there was a 44.4% drop in opioid prescriptions nationwide from 2011 to 2020. This time frame represented a drop from 257.9 million prescriptions to 143.4 million prescriptions.     ...[ Read More ]

Phoenix City Council approves $198 million ARPA funding plan

| Sep 22, 2021 | Arizona

The Phoenix City Council has approved $198 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to help support the city in a variety of areas. The funding was originally approved on June 8 as part of the city’s ARPA Strategic Plan, but council members wanted more information on...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Arizona Rep. Lorenzo Sierra looks ahead toward health policy in 2022

| Sep 21, 2021 | Arizona

Representative Lorenzo Sierra (D - Phoenix) is a member of both the House Government and the House Ways and Means Committees in the Arizona Legislature. Rep. Sierra recovered from COVID-19 in 2020 and has been a vocal opponent of Gov. Doug Ducey’s stance against masks for schools in the state. ...[ Read More ]

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