Healthcare

Medicare Releases Initial Salvo on Drug Pricing

For the last 20 years, all Americans have been getting ripped off by pharmaceutical companies. The heist began when a prescription drug benefit was added for Medicare enrollees (Medicare Part D). Drug company lobbyists made sure Congress wrote the law to prohibit Medicare from negotiating drug prices. As a result, Medicare was (and actually still is) held hostage by drug companies and Medicare pays 300% more for prescription drugs than

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Professional Development

AZPHA Positions on This Week’s Health & Human Services Committee Agendas

Next week will be another busy one for hearing public health related bills in the House and Senate Health Committees. We’ve been busy reading the bills that are up in committee next week and have made our decisions about what to support, oppose, be neutral on and the things to just leave alone for this week. The two tables below list the full agenda of bills next week. The items

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Register Now: Hertel Report 2024 Winter State of the State

Join Arizona healthcare professionals at the 2024 Winter State of the State in Scottsdale to learn about the latest news on Arizona managed care from a panel of experts including the Publisher of The Hertel Report Jim Hammond. Enjoy breakfast and networking before a full morning conference featuring the latest news, data and trends relevant to our competitive and evolving healthcare landscape. The conference includes The Hertel Report’s curated collection

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Professional Development

ASU Center for Public Health Law: Your Free Resource for Understanding Public Health Law

Together with AZPHA member Jen Piatt, JD, Center Co-director and Research Scholar, and Senior Legal Researcher Mary Saxon, the ASU Center for Public Health Law published a new SCOTUS Public Health Law Updates (“PHLU”), available online at the ASU Center for Public Health Law & Policy website. The brief, 2-page document provides select synopses of cases, petitions, oral arguments, and other news before the U.S. Supreme Court with repercussions in public health law and policy

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Professional Development

Public Health Journalism this Week

New bills proposed for psychiatric care of seriously mentally ill | 12news.com Adults who rely on Arizona’s Medicaid program may get expanded coverage | KJZZ Affordable Care Act enrollment hit record highs in Arizona, U.S. in 2023 (azpbs.org) Emergency rooms in Arizona hospitals are extremely busy. Here’s why (azcentral.com) Why is ban sought for menthol cigarettes? What Arizonans need to know (azcentral.com) Arizona sober living scandal may have cost taxpayers

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State Legislature

Full Health & Human Services Committee Agendas this Week

The health committees in the House and Senate have full agendas for the first time this legislative session. House Health meets Monday at 1:30pm and Senate at 1:30 Tuesday. We’ve signed up in support of several bills in both committees next week. Several more aren’t in our wheelhouse and we haven’t taken a position. The bills that are bold are ones we’re supporting. The two that are in underlined are

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