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5 Things Arizona: Medical Debt proposition, Pima County vax incentive work, Addressing fentanyl deaths

| Sep 29, 2022 | Arizona

This month's newsletter includes a look at Arizona's ballot initiative that aims to lower medical debt, a successful COVID vaccination incentive effort conducted by Pima County, and recommendations from AzPHA's Will Humble about how to combat rising rates of fentanyl-related deaths in the state. Thank you for reading! Eli Kirshbaum...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Sherell McDearmon, Bristol Meyers Squibb

| Sep 29, 2022 | Arizona

In this edition of our "What They're Watching" series, Sherell McDearmon, Director of Strategic Alliances at Bristol Meyers Squibb, lauds Arizona's passage earlier this year of House Bill 2144. The legislation requires health plans to cover biomarker testing, which McDearmon says was a key goal for her organization's broader mission...[ Read More ]

Ballot measure to limit interest rates on medical debt will impact Arizonans with smaller debt amounts more than those with larger amounts

| Sep 22, 2022 | Arizona

Proposition 209, the initiative to limit interest rates on debt from health care services, will be on the ballot for Arizona voters this November. Keith Joiner, MD, Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Arizona, says the measure will benefit some populations more than others if it...[ Read More ]

Attorney General Brnovich announces grants to 11 organizations to combat the opioid crisis

| Sep 19, 2022 | Arizona

Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced today [Sept. 15th] the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has awarded $6 million in grant funding to eleven organizations across the state to combat the opioid crisis. The funding will be used to support opioid abuse and underlying mental health-related issues for more than 21,000...[ Read More ]

Arizona recognized for its Medicaid program innovation

| Sep 16, 2022 | Arizona

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), Arizona’s Medicaid program, received a 2022 Medicaid Innovation Award presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP). The nonpartisan award recognizes states for demonstrating creativity, leadership, and progress in their Medicaid programs despite...[ Read More ]

Pima County analysis shows vaccinated employees incur less health care costs than unvaccinated employees

| Sep 15, 2022 | Arizona

With the ban on COVID-19 vaccination mandates for employees of government entities in the state taking effect on Sept. 24th, new data shows that vaccinated employees in Pima County have cost the county “significantly” less in health care costs than unvaccinated employees.     To promote vaccination rates, the Pima...[ Read More ]