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The AARP estimates that some people with pre-existing conditions could see premiums rise to $25,000 per year under the A.H.C.A. (AARP)

PHOENIX – As the Republican health care plan awaits a final score from the Congressional Budget Office, senior advocates in Arizona are slamming it as unfair and unaffordable. AARP recently sent a letter to every U.S. Senator claiming that the American Health Care Act, or AHCA, would cause h

Federal data show that only one in seven small businesses offers a retirement savings plan. (SCS/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – A new study shows that Arizona could save $89 million over the next 15 years if it set up a system of state-based retirement savings accounts. Researchers from the University of Maine found that if current low savings rates persist, a significant portion of future retirees will be

A new poll shows 67 percent of Arizonans oppose legislation to limit judgments in medical malpractice cases. (Pixabay)

PHOENIX – More than two-thirds of Arizonans reject a bill proposed in Congress to make it much harder to sue for medical malpractice, according to a new poll. The survey by Public Policy Polling says voters overwhelmingly disapprove of HR 1215, which would preempt state malpractice laws. Lin

Ratepayers can weigh in on a proposed increase on their APS electricity bill at a hearing Wednesday in Phoenix. (Xandert/Morguefile)

PHOENIX – Public hearings resume Wednesday in Phoenix on the proposed Arizona Public Service (APS) electricity rate settlement agreement, which could tack $13 a month onto customers' bills. The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) can either accept, modify or reject the agreement in a few mon

The Yuma Desalting Plant during a pilot run in 2010. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma is 75 miles away from the nearest sea, which makes it an unlikely spot to find a water desalinization plant. But in 1992, the Yuma Desalting Plant went online to remove salt from agricultural runoff, and increase the supply of fresh water in the Colorado River. Severe fl

Voters rallied outside Rep. Martha McSally's office, urging the Tucson Democrat to vote against the American Health Care Act. (Dennis Newman)

TUCSON, Ariz. – On a blistering afternoon, more than 100 voters took to the sidewalks outside the office of Rep. Martha McSally, urging her to vote no on the GOP health care plan. The Southern Arizona Republican says she's still undecided. One of the voters calling on McSally to vote again

AARP predicts changes to Medicaid under the proposed American Health Care Act would force older Arizonans into nursing homes sooner than necessary. (Pixabay)<br />

PHOENIX – Arizona may hold a precarious place in the new health care system proposed by House Republicans. The reasons are the state's aging population and higher than average insurance costs, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The foundations says for most Arizonans, the tax credi

The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, covers 196,231 Arizonans. (Pixabay)

PHOENIX – The House Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will affect nearly one in three Arizonans. That includes the 196,000 who buy health insurance on the marketplace, as well as the nearly 2 million people on Medicaid. Dana Wolfe Naimark, president of the Child

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