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Arizona sun leads to increased surface burns and development of Patient Registry, Imaging and Tissue Bank tool

| Jul 19, 2023 | Arizona

As countries across the globe experience extreme weather events due to climate change, Arizona faces its own heat and sun-related challenges. To combat sun and heat exposure risks in the state, the University of Arizona has developed a skin cancer detection tool. Simultaneously, the Arizona Burn Center released their annual...[ Read More ]

AHCCCS automatically renews 67 percent, disenrolls 18 percent of Medicaid beneficiaries during first phase of Medicaid redeterminations

| Jul 11, 2023 | Arizona

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) automatically renewed 67 percent of Medicaid beneficiaries last month, with the regular renewal process having begun in April. Medicaid eligibility renewals are taking place throughout every state in the country, and Arizona expects to redetermine the eligibility of about 2.5 million individuals...[ Read More ]

Health organizations speak out in support of Arizona’s proposal to strengthen Medicaid coverage for former foster youth

| Jun 28, 2023 | Arizona

Earlier this year, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) wrote to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting an amendment to the state’s Medicaid 1115 Research and Demonstration Waiver. AHCCCS seeks to waive eligibility conditions and automatically renew Medicaid coverage for individuals who were in the...[ Read More ]

How Arizona is preparing for health dangers of severe heat-related events caused by climate change

| Jun 12, 2023 | Arizona

After warming approximately two degrees Fahrenheit within the last century, Arizona is expected to see a continued increase in extreme weather events, including heat, fires, and floods. Extremely hot days can not only be unhealthy, but they can also be deadly. The state of Arizona continues to address these dangers...[ Read More ]

UA Health Sciences’ Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center develops cannabis educational materials for the state

| May 3, 2023 | Arizona

When Arizona passed the Safe and Smart Act into law in 2020, part of the legislation required money that was previously collected through medicinal marijuana sales to be allocated for education and outreach around recreational use. This year, the University of Arizona’s Health Sciences’ Comprehensive Pain and Addiction Center is...[ Read More ]

AHCCCS requests 1115 waiver amendment for automatic Medicaid renewal for former foster youth

| Apr 19, 2023 | Arizona

On March 28th, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) submitted a letter to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. Within the letter was an application for Arizona’s Former Foster Youth Annual Automatic Renewal demonstration waiver proposal, which is part of AHCCCS’s effort to reform and modernize Medicaid. The demonstration would...[ Read More ]