Affordable Care Act

Healthcare

Biden opens ‘Obamacare’ window for uninsured as COVID rages

President Joe Biden on Thursday ordered government health insurance markets to reopen for a special sign-up window, offering uninsured Americans a haven as the spread of COVID-19 remains dangerously high and vaccines aren’t yet widely available. Biden signed an executive order directing the HealthCare.gov insurance markets to take new applications for subsidized benefits, something Donald

U.S. Government

Biden picks Calif. AG Becerra to lead HHS, pandemic response

President-elect Joe Biden has picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be his health secretary, putting a defender of the Affordable Care Act in a leading role to oversee his administration’s coronavirus response. If confirmed by the Senate, Becerra, 62, will be the first Latino to head the Department of Health and Human Services, a

Legal Beat

Arizonans will be watching closely when Supreme Court takes up ACA

When the Supreme Court takes up the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act – again – Tuesday, Tucson resident Alicia DeWitt will be watching the case closely. Without the ACA, DeWitt said she would not have been able to get health insurance to pay for surgery to remove a brain tumor, and would not be

Politics

Biden, Harris get on the bus to small businesses in Arizona

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris, on their first trip to Arizona, dropped by a union hall Thursday and several small businesses they say need federal relief from the COVID-19 pandemic. Their bus tour, which began in Flagstaff, included an outdoor stop at Barrio Cafe, a central Phoenix staple known nationally

Legal Beat

Trump taps ‘eminently qualified’ Barrett for Supreme Court

President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, capping a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation and that he hopes will provide a needed boost to his reelection effort. Barrett, a former clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, said she was “truly

Politics

Opinion: The Opioid Epidemic Stopped Getting Worse on Inauguration Day

From 2000 to 2016, the percentage of Americans dying of drug overdoses quadrupled, increasing essentially every year. Now some in the media want to say that the increases continued after President Trump took office. Although more policy changes are needed, the progress on slowing the epidemic since January 2017 is obvious and important. Since the 1990s, an opioid epidemic raged

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