Much to the chagrin of some congressional Republicans who have tried tying the continued funding of the federal government to the elimination of the Affordable Care Act, the ACA’s implementation continues moving forward.
Arizonans are beginning to sign up for health insurance on the new federal and state websites. Tuesday was the first day people could purchase plans on the exchange created by the Obama administration and others applied for state Medicaid coverage.
One thing that won’t be delayed because of the government shutdown is the trial over the merger of American Airlines and Tempe-based US Airways.A federal judge in Washington denied a Department of Justice request to put the case on hold on Tuesday.
The former head of America
West Airlines is leading a group that’s buying a Denver-based airline. William Franke’s group,
Indigo Partners, will buy Frontier Airlines for about $145 million. The
purchase is contingent on reaching agreements with the Association of
Flight Attendants and others by the end of the month.
Millions of Americans tried to sign-up for healthcare on the federal
government’s website Tuesday, but many of them were stymied by technical
glitches.Tuesday was the first day the uninsured could shop for health coverage on the new online marketplaces, but many experienced delays from a website overloaded by traffic.
There could be another delay in merger of American Airlines and Tempe-based US Airways. The Justice Department is asking for a delay in the trial over the merger, because of the shutdown of the federal government.
While the federal government is
shutdown, AAA warns travelers will have to wait longer for a passport or
change their plans entirely. AAA’s Stephanie Dembowski said the shutdown will
definitely snag travel in and out of the country.
With the national parks shutting down Tuesday, Arizona’s state parks
are preparing to pick up the slack. Spokeswoman Ellen Bilbrey said they are
getting ready for an influx of people who have had their camping plans upset.
Arizonans are driving fewer miles these days, and technology
and ride-sharing programs are making it easier to get around without relying
on a car. A report released Tuesday
by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund said Arizonans have reduced their driving by
more than 9 percent per person since 2006.
Arizona Game and Fish is offering up to $1,000 in reward
money for information leading to an arrest in a javelina poaching incident over
the weekend in the mountains west of Tucson.
Spokesman Mark Hart said the animal was killed with a bow and arrow.
The Arizona Department of Transportation says recent improvements
to the design of the servicearizona.com website should make it easier to skip
a visit to the MVD for many common transactions. ADOT spokesman Harold
Saunders said you will be able to get the answers you need without paying any
Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested 20 more
workers at a Phoenix janitorial business for identity theft. Sheriff Joe Arpaio
said deputies conducted the raid at Proserve, the same company it raided in
August, arresting four suspects for stealing IDs.
The federal government
shutdown has furloughed employees, forced some agency websites to go dark,
and delayed funding for social services. The standoff is likely to hurt needy
of Arizona’s 42,000 federal employees are considered essential and will still
be showing up to work -- people like members of the military and border agents.