Arizona is ranked as the 25th healthiest state to live in – a two-spot improvement from last year – according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Arizona, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Arizona started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Arizona's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Arizona Department of Insurance health reform information — How the state will implement the Affordable Care Act.
Consumer Information from the Arizona State Department of Insurance — Health insurance topics and information geared specially for consumers. For insurance questions/problems: Phoenix Area: (602) 912-8444 Tucson Area: (520) 628-6370 Statewide: 1-800-325-2548
Arizona Department of Insurance — Resources for consumers, insurers and producers for Arizona health insurance or medical insurance.
Arizona State Department of Health Services — Official government Web site for department responsible for health care services for Arizonans. Arizona Department of Health Services: 150 North 18th Avenue Phoenix, Arizona 85007 General and Public Information: (602) 542-1000 Fax: (602) 542-0883
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Arizona.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Arizona -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Arizona.
Why health care reform is important to Arizona -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Arizona.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Arizona -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Arizona.
Arizona mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Arizona -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $118 per family in 2012.
11/28/2012 10:11 PM
Tucson Sentinel — Gov. Jan Brewer rejected a state-run exchange, saying there are too many unknowns. Some involved in the healthcare industry say details on federally run exchange are equally unclear, so Brewer gained nothing while ceding local control.
10/28/2012 4:10 PM
Arizona Daily Star — While reiterating her opposition to the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Jan Brewer complied with the federal requirement to name a benchmark plan for the state’s insurance exchange.
09/17/2012 6:09 PM
Six term Congressman Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) made news recently when he said he preferred cuts to Medicare over defense. As a congressman, Flake was an opponent of health care reform. His Democratic opponent Richard Carmona, a physician and former United States Surgeon General under President George W. Bush, characterizes Flake’s call to slash Medicare benefits as “misguided.” Flake describes Medicare as an “entitlement program” although we think it is more accurate to call it an “earned benefit” as workers pay into the program throughout their lives. Read more.
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