Reproductive Health

Abortion Care Now Largely Illegal in Arizona

View Our Newly Updated Report: Women’s Reproductive Rights in Arizona: 1864-2022 Ever since the territorial days, Arizona has had a history of severely restricting women’s reproductive freedom. From territorial era laws passed in 1864 to the laws restricting both abortion and contraception passed in 1901 (called the Comstock Laws), Arizona lawmakers and governors have actively sought to restrict women’s reproductive rights. When the U.S. Supreme Court announced their decisions in

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Medicaid

Disappointing News: Director Snyder Will Be Leaving Her Post as AHCCCS Director at the End of the Year

Disappointing news today out of AHCCCS. Director Snyder announced that she’ll be leaving AHCCCS at the end of the year. I’ve been a state government aficionado for many years, and Jami is the best and most thoughtful AHCCCS Director in a long time. As we have all observed and can attest to, most state agencies have been starved for talent in the agency director position. Not so at AHCCCS, where

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Affordable Care Act

HHS Proposed New Rule Streamlining Enrollment in Federal Healthcare Programs

Last week the US Department of Health and Human Services proposed a new rule that would reduce red tape and streamline administrative processes to help children, older adults, people with disabilities, and others from underserved communities connect to health care coverage through Medicaid and CHIP.  This proposed rule follows President Biden’s executive orders in April 2022 and January 2021 directing federal agencies to take action to expand affordable, quality health coverage, including by strengthening

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Public Health

Applications for Vitalyst System Change Grants Open

The Vitalyst Health Foundation is now accepting applications for their Systems Change grants. These are three-year awards for up to $175,000 in total. You can View the Slide Deck here that explains more about the System Change grants. Applicants are welcome to discuss their Systems Change Grant proposal with a Vitalyst team member. You can complete the Discovery form and note interest in Systems Change Grants, and they’ll schedule a 30-minute conversation via phone call or Zoom

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Public Health

Dozens of New Laws Take Effect this Weekend… Some Good & Some Bad – Our Summary

The 2022 Legislative Session ended 85 days ago, which means the bills that passed and were signed become effective next Saturday (laws become effective 90 days after the end of the legislative session). The session was an enigma. We lost a ton of important public health authority, but there were also positive policy developments & increased investment in several public health programs (because for the first time in forever we

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Public Health Law

The ‘Arizona Agenda’ Produced a Good Summary of the Propositions Related to Public Health: Here’s Their Analysis

PROP 132: Initiatives; supermajority vote; requirement Summary: Prop 132 would amend the state Constitution to require a 60% vote to increase taxes at the ballot. Arguments for it: Proponents argue it protects taxpayers from runaway spending by requiring the same kind of supermajority vote at the ballot as lawmakers need at the Capitol to raise taxes, and that the higher threshold will make it harder for out-of-state special interests to raise taxes on

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