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FY 2021 Health agency budget "asks"

Emily Boerger | Dec 23, 2019 | Arizona

What They're Watching: Ken Meyer, Beacon Health Options

Emily Boerger | Dec 23, 2019 | Arizona

New Arizona bill would require providers to disclose religious care restrictions

Michael Goldberg | Dec 20, 2019 | Arizona

Democratic members of the Arizona House pre-filed a bill this week that would require health care entities to produce a complete list of services they will not provide to patients based on the entity's religious beliefs.  H.B. 2068, or the Patient’s Right to Know Act, was pre-filed yesterday by Representatives...[ Read More ]

Senators send letter calling for extension of lowered threshold for medical expense deduction

Emily Boerger | Dec 12, 2019 | Arizona

Earlier this week, US Senators Maria Cantwell, Kyrsten Sinema, Martha McSally, and Susan Collins sent a letter to Senate leadership calling for an extension of the reduced threshold for the medical expense deduction. The medical expense deduction allows individuals with medical expenses greater than 7.5% of their adjusted gross income...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: David Wetherelt, 3M

Emily Boerger | Nov 26, 2019 | Arizona

David Wetherelt is the Director of Business Development, Populations and Payment Solutions at 3M Health Information Systems. He joins us in this edition of "What They're Watching" to discuss gathering and utilizing data.     “We’re really focused on how do we best help providers and payers get data -- enriched data...[ Read More ]

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Arizona To Serve AHCCCS-Eligible Arizonans With Purchase Of Steward Health Choice Arizona

| Nov 13, 2019 | Arizona

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) plans to acquire Steward Health Choice Arizona from Steward Health Care System LLC, including the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) Complete Care plan and the “Generations” Medicare health plan for dual-eligible special needs members. The acquisition will give BCBSAZ the capability...[ Read More ]

Arizona FQHCs sue AZ Medicaid program for unpaid services, cite 9th circuit case

Emily Viles | Nov 6, 2019 | Arizona

Last week, several Arizona federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) filed a lawsuit seeking payment for a series of health care services that were provided to low income, uninsured Arizonans. The lawsuit claims that the state is required to reimburse FQHCs for care in “medically underserved areas.” Reimbursement includes services provided...[ Read More ]

Georgetown University Report Finds Number of Uninsured Children Now at Highest Levels Since Major Provisions of Affordable Care Act Took Effect

| Nov 1, 2019 | Arizona, Texas, Utah

The number of uninsured children increased by more than 400,000 between 2016 and 2018, reversing a long-standing positive trend according to a new report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Nationwide, more than 4 million children were uninsured in 2018. “Recent policy changes and the failure...[ Read More ]

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