Congress this week rolled back rules that had allowed states to set up retirement plans for their businesses and residents. With me to explain is Steve Jennings, associate state director of AARP Arizona.
After failing to bring the bill to a vote the first time, the Republican-led U.S. House has passed its replacement for the Affordable Care Act. While the bill has a long way to go before becoming law, it already has many in Arizona’s health care industry concerned. KJZZ’s Will Stone covers health policy and he joins me.
Mexico will elect a new president next year. Although President Trump has temporarily delayed withdrawing the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement, continued uncertainty over NAFTA and Trump's plans for a border wall are roiling Mexican politics.
More people are living on Valley streets compared to last year while the overall number of homeless people dropped a bit. That’s according to figures released Thursday from the homeless Point-in-Time count.
The University of Arizona’s medical school in downtown Phoenix is welcoming a new dean. Dr. Guy Reed will begin his new post in July. He’s currently the chair of the University of Tennessee’s Department of Medicine.
A longtime Valley civic leader known for his work with community organizations has passed away. Pete Garcia was the CEO of Chicanos por La Causa for 25 years. Garcia is credited with developing many of the organization’s programs that now serve nearly 200,000 people in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.
Recent executions in Arkansas, as well as the decision by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to delay several executions pending a legal review has kept the issue of the death penalty and lethal injection on the minds of many Americans.
Arizona has a huge shortage of physicians — especially in rural areas. And that extends to mental health care, as well. One option that is offering more opportunities is telemental health, with psychological or psychiatric care being provided remotely. The University of Arizona is considered a national leader in telebehavioral health.
Representatives from the four Arizona counties that share a border with Mexico have come together to start a new group. The Arizona Border Counties Coalition will be advocating for economic development and cross-border cooperation, among other things.
Nationally, publicly funded contraceptive services are also widely used by women. A new study from the Guttmacher Institute shows 6.2 million women received publicly-funded contraceptive services from more than 10,000 clinics in 2015. And, not just Planned Parenthood.