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Rural health care providers in Southeast Arizona may be facing some new challenges. Governor Jan Brewers budget relies on obtaining an exemption from federal rules so she can reduce the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state's Medicaid alternative, and save the state $1.5 billion over the next two years.

Court: Hospitals Can Be Sued Under Adult Protection Act

Arizona Supreme Court overturns 2 trial judges' ruling in favor of PHX facilities in wrongful-death lawsuits.

Where Every Word is Precious

Supportive group at Aphasia Center of Tucson living with language disorder that makes simple communication a major challenge.

Board of Regents OKs Negotiations for UAMC Takeover

Phoenix-based Banner Health, UA Health Network hope to finalize $946M deal by September.

2 Top VA Officials Stepping Down

Dept. says moves being made to help improve patients' access to health care, restore trust in agency.

crowded traffic on highway

New Safety Measures to Prevent Wrong-Way Accidents Underway

ADOT has been studying ways to keep more crashes from happening; 5 fatal ones in last 2 months.

Bipartisan Group Asks Supreme Court to Dimiss AHCCCS Suit

Former Gov. Fife Symington among those writing brief in support of Gov. Brewer, state Medicaid expansion.

Segment about a study a trauma surgeon is conducting to help patients in a hospital's intensive care have a better night's sleep.

3 Tucson Hospitals May Face Penalties for Patient Infections

Quarter around country will lose 1% of every Medicare payment for one year for patient injury rates.

VA Employee: Ongoing Cover-Up of Patient Deaths

She also says she was the person who maintained a 'secret list' of veterans who waited months for appointments.

A parvovirus outbreak in Pima County

Humane Society Suspends Dog Intake One Week

Animal shelter reports increase in cases of canine distemper which is highly contagious, deadly.

First West Nile Case Reported in Pinal County

Health officials say they usually don't start seeing any until July; last year, there were 62 confirmed cases in AZ.

AZ Holding Off on Implementing Part of Affordable Care Act

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also granted 17 other states to put the Small Business Health Options program into effect.

Report: 99% of Tucson VA Patients Get Appointment Within Month

PHX facility has an average wait time of 55 days for an appointment, while Prescott patients were waiting 60 days, department says.

Arizona residents are getting to vote on medical marijuana as part of Proposition 203.

AZ Health Officials Have Last Word on Medical Pot for PTSD

State Dept. of Health Services director has until July 9 to accept, modify or reject ruling; initial denial was appealed last year.

VA: More Than 57K Patients Waiting for Initial Medical Care

An additional 64,000 who enrolled in the Veterans Affairs health care system over the past 10 years have never had appointments, department data reveals.

American Legion Establishing Vets Health Care Crisis Center

The facility will be located in Phoenix to help veterans in the long waiting list scandal involving VA medical centers.

33K AZ Inmates OK to Proceed with Health Care Quality Lawsuit

Court of Appeals issues ruling today rejecting Arizona's argument that cases didn't have enough in common for class-action status.

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