Short-Term Plans Becoming Not So Short-Term

Short-term health plans are typically used by individuals transitioning from one type of insurance to another to avoid gaps in their healthcare coverage. Under previous rules adopted by the Obama Administration, such plans were limited to a three-month period. Now all of that has changed. Earlier this month, the Department of Health and Human Services, […]

Are Vaccines on Your Back-to-School List?

Pencils, notebooks, jumbo erasers, vaccines. As the first day of school approaches, parents start to check off those final items on their checklist. But are vaccines on that checklist? Recent stories have highlighted Arizona as one state where vaccination exemptions, and concerns about the exemptions, are growing. Although the state requires several different vaccinations depending […]

Vacation Time!

When it comes to making time for a little R&R, Arizona does it as well as any state in the U.S. A new study shows our state is in the top 3 in vacation days used. According to Project:Time Off, Colorado is number one with an average of 20.3 vacation days used. Virginia is next […]

We’re Number……36?

A new report that ranked the best and worst states for healthcare put Arizona at number 36 in the rankings.. WalletHub’s report “measured things such as what people pay in healthcare premiums, the numbers of doctors and hospital beds per capita, and whether people with chronic disease have seen a physician in the past 2 […]

You’re Doing it Wrong!

Washing your hands seems like a simple enough thing to do. A little soap and a little water ought to do the trick, right? So, why does a new study suggest that 97 of Americans do it wrong? From CBS News: Hand-washing seems pretty simple, but a recent study shows that 97% of the time, […]

Moving With Parkinson’s

Today’s guest blog comes to us from our friends at Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. Once you’ve had a chance to read it, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Generating meaningful disligue around the health issues affectingvthe people of our state is another way we are workingvtoward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the […]

Enrollment in the Individual Insurance Market Continued to Fall in the First Quarter of 2018, With the 12 Percent Overall Decline Concentrated in Off-Exchange Plans

Enrollment in the individual insurance market continued to shrink in the first quarter of 2018, declining by 12 percent compared to the first quarter of 2017, according to a new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The decline was concentrated in off-exchange plans where enrollees are not eligible for Affordable Care Act subsidies and have…More […]

Data Note: Changes in Enrollment in the Individual Health Insurance Market

Our analysis finds that, after increasing substantially (by 64% to 17.4 million people in 2015) following implementation of the ACA, enrollment in the individual market remained relatively unchanged in 2016 (at 17.0 million) then declined by 12% to 15.2 million in 2017. Enrollment has continued to fall in early 2018: first quarter enrollment has declined […]

AHCCCS Population

In today’s blog, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer Jim Haynes, shares his insight on the recent decline in AHCCCS numbers.  Over the last 17 years, with interruptions due only to programmatic changes, the AHCCCS population has steadily increased as illustrated below: The increases over the years have certainly […]

Primary Elections Approaching

Arizona’s August primary elections are quickly approaching and are very likely to determine the make-up of the state legislature. Although most districts are solid there are still districts that may change parties and become game changers. Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association Vice President of Government Relations, Greg Ensell, gives us an inside look in the […]