Affordable Care Act
Will Humble

Join The Hertel Report for their State of the State

 2022 STATE OF THE STATE – The Hertel Report  Friday, February 11 Breakfast Meeting 8 to 10:30am Phoenix Art Museum, Singer Hall or virtually. Join the Hertel Report for their annual Arizona healthcare market update hosted and moderated by Publisher Jim Hammond. After breakfast and networking, this year’s panel of guest speakers will deliver the latest insight impacting managed care in Arizona. Prefer to attend virtually?  Discussion will offer insight

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Air Quality
Will Humble

Open Letter to Arizona Corporation Commissioners in Advance of the Clean Energy Rule Vote Tomorrow

Thank you for your service to the people of Arizona through your work on the Commission. We write today on behalf of the 850 members of the Arizona Public Health Association, urging you to vote yes tomorrow on the Energy Rule package without amendments, particularly the 100% emissions-free electricity by 2050 standard.   We encourage you to adopt the draft Rule as the final Rule. We believe that the Rule,

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Health Equity
Will Humble

Arizona Family Health Partnership is Recruiting for Cohort 4 of the Adolescent Champion Model

The Arizona Family Health Partnership (AFHP) is excited to continue supporting the incredible achievements of Adolescent Champions in Arizona. Ten clinics have earned certification as an adolescent-centered environment, ten more clinics are participating in our current cohort, and we are ready to onboard another 10 clinics for our fourth cohort! The Adolescent Champion Model is centered on the Adolescent Champion team as an agent of change within the clinic to

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Federal Public Health Bud
Will Humble

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Approves AHCCCS’ Home & Community Based Services Action Plan

Last week AHCCCS put out an under-stated media release announcing that CMS approved their Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Spending Plan, which would use $1.5B in mostly American Rescue Plan Act funds over the next 2 years to improve Home and Community Based Services for folks in their Long Term Care Program (ALTCS). Even though this is mostly federal money (it will require some state match) implementing it will require approval of the

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Disease Control
Will Humble

Arizona Has the 2nd Highest COVID-19 Death Rate Per Capita During the First 2 Years of the Pandemic

Dr. Gerald’s Weekly COVID-19 Epidemiology & Hospital Occupancy Report As we pass the 2-year mark for the pandemic, Arizona is distinguished to have the 2nd highest number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 in the U.S., with a death rate of 348/100,000. Only Mississippi has a higher COVID death rate at 357/100,000. Assuming current trends continue (and there’s no reason to believe they won’t- given the lack of interest in mitigation

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Health Insurance
Will Humble

Federal No Surprises Act Protects Arizonans From Surprise Medical Bills

The No Surprises Act (backed by Sen. Mark Kelly) went into effect a couple of weeks ago. It was passed in Dec. 2020 as part of a larger COVID relief bill called the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. It protects patients when they receive emergency care or scheduled treatment from doctors and hospitals that aren’t in their insurance networks and that they did not choose. From now on, Arizonans are only responsible

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