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Health insurance refunds on the way for Arizonans
Sun, May 27, 2012Healthcare
PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona consumers and businesses reportedly can expect to collect more than $36 million in refunds this summer from health-insurance companies under new provisions of the nation's health-care law.

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Health Insurance refunds, Affordable Care Act

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-Arizona middle-class struggling, doing without health care
Sun, Jul 31, 2011Healthcare
Hard times and economic uncertainty not only hit the checking and savings accounts.They overwhelm the mind and harm the body.Dwindling job security, reduced home values and higher personal health costs have brought untold stress into many middle-class lives.

Tags: Arizona, Health care, Jobs, Health insurance

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Comments ran 2-to-1 against Ariz. insurance bill
Sat, Apr 30, 2011AZ Legislature
Casa Grande DispatchBy PAUL DAVENPORTAssociated PressPHOENIX (AP) -- Gov. Jan Brewer's office says recent public comments received about a health insurance bill that she vetoed Thursday ran more than 2-to-1 against the measure

Tags: Arizona, Jan Brewer, Health Insurance

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US OKs Arizona's process to freeze Medicaid unit
Sat, Apr 30, 2011Healthcare
Tri Valley CentralBy PAUL DAVENPORTAssociated PressPHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona will start implementing Gov. Jan Brewer's plan to reduce Medicaid enrollment to help balance the state budget after receiving federal clearance Friday for the processes the state will use, officials said.

Tags: Arizona, Jan Brewer, Health Insurance

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Lawmakers in most states have little control over Health care premiums
Thu, Aug 12, 2010Healthcare
Los Angeles TimesBy Noam N. Levey As Americans struggle with double-digit hikes in their health insurance bills, millions are coming up against a hard reality: The state regulators who are supposed to protect them can often do little to control what insurers are charging.In many states, it is the insurance industry Read More

Tags: Health insurance reform, Insurance industry, Government oversite

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Judge blocks Arizona law on domestic-partner benefits
Sat, Jul 24, 2010Civil Rights
Arizona RepublicBy Casey Newton A federal judge has blocked Arizona from denying family health insurance to employees' same-sex partners, saying the state violated the equal-protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.U.S. District Judge John Sedwick granted a temporary injunction that will prevent the state from enacting House Bill 2013, a 2009 law Read More

Tags: HB2013, Family health insurance, Same-sex partners

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45,000 excess deaths annually linked to lack of health insurance: study September 17th, 2009
Fri, Sep 18, 2009Healthcare
Physorg.comA study published online today estimates nearly 45,000 annual deaths are associated with lack of health insurance. That figure is about two and a half times higher than an estimate from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2002.The new study, "Health Insurance and Mortality in U.S. Adults," appears in today's Read More

Tags: Health insurance, American Journal of Public Health

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Dems' health-care bus hits the Valley
Thu, Aug 27, 2009Healthcare
Arizona RepublicBy Dan NowickiA bus sporting the familiar red, white and blue logo of President Barack Obama's campaign debuted in central Phoenix on Wednesday evening on the vanguard of a Democratic counteroffensive in support of health-care reform.Hundreds of supporters rallied at one of the earliest stops on the Democratic National Read More

Tags: Organizing for America, Kyrsten Sinema, Barack Obama, Health Insurance reform, Public option

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Dying for affordable healthcare — the uninsured speak
Sun, Aug 23, 2009Healthcare
GuardianBy Ed Pilkington, Kansas CityIn a week of claim and counter-claim about the merits of healthcare provision in the US and UK, Ed Pilkington travelled to Quindaro, Kansas, to see how the poorest surviveIn the furious debate gripping America over the future of its health system, one voice has been Read More

Tags: Health insurance reform, Doctors, Poverty, Kansas, Working poor

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The Uninsured
Sun, Aug 23, 2009Healthcare
New York Times EditorialOne of the major goals of health care reform is to cover the vast numbers of uninsured. But how vast, really, is that pool of people? Who are they? And how important is it to cover all or most of them?Critics play down the seriousness of the Read More

Tags: Health insurance reform, Health care reform

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