Arizona manages Medicaid “unwinding” post-COVID by relying on communication with AHCCCS members and community assistance

PHOENIX – The Arizona agency that handles Medicaid, AHCCCS, has been reevaluating the eligibility of its members since April 1 due to income criteria changing after COVID-19. AHCCCS Connect and community support is crucial in navigating these changes and finding affordable alternatives.

Making a difference: Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Dobbs inspires hope, resilience in alopecia community

PHOENIX – Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Dobbs doesn’t let alopecia define him. Instead he uses his story and nonprofit foundation to empower the community through service and fundraising.

Arizona agrees to pay for gender-affirming surgery for state employees

WASHINGTON - Arizona legislators said they are "disappointed" that the state has agreed to pay for gender-affirming surgeries for state employees in a consent decree that settles years of class action litigation by a University of Arizona professor.

Spanish-language therapy is becoming harder to find in Arizona, even as the Hispanic population grows

PHOENIX – Spanish language therapy and culturally responsive mental healthcare are becoming more scarce in Arizona as the Hispanic population grows. Chicanos Por La Causa is one nonprofit organization working to fill the gap.

A mural of a Hispanic family emblazoned with the popular Spanish phrase “Sí, se puede,” welcomes visitors at Chicanos Por La Causa’s Centro de la Familia in Phoenix on September 13, 2023. (Photo by John Leos/Cronkite News)

Smoke from the Salt River landfill fire could cause health problems

PHOENIX – The Salt River landfill fire has been reduced to a smolder but smoke from the Salt River Indian Reservation fire may lead to health problems.

Beating the heat: Arizona athletic trainers, sports medicine physicians take steps to protect athletes

PHOENIX – Phoenix has experienced temperatures consecutively above 110 degrees as blistering and historic heat waves sweep across the Southwest. Regardless, the football season goes on and the health and safety concerns of the athletes are the top priority.

Los Angeles farmers markets team up with health department to fight food insecurity and support communities

LOS ANGELES – The L.A. County Department of Public Health provides low-income households with access to nutritious, healthy food, and helps strengthen communities.

Brian Griffith, right, sells oranges to patrons at the farmers market at Central Avenue and 43rd Street in Los Angeles. Griffith accepts Market Match funds, which help SNAP recipients extend their food budget. (Photo by Taylor Ens/Cronkite News)

Local food pantries are expecting a surge in customers if government shuts down and people lose their benefits

PHOENIX – If the government shuts down, millions of Americans are worried about losing SNAP and WIC nutrition benefits, but Arizona says that’s not going to happen here. Even so, food pantries are preparing to help more people needing assistance.

The kitchen of the West Valley Community Food Pantry in Glendale where food is sorted and packed for people who need it, on Sept. 27, 2023. (Photo by Adriana Gonzalez-Chavez/Cronkite News)

“We all just evaporate”: Extreme heat overwhelms Phoenix’s unhoused community

PHOENIX – Phoenix’s extreme heat takes its toll on the health of its unhoused or homeless community.

The homeless camp on W. Jefferson Street and S. 11th Avenue in Phoenix from Sept. 12, 2023. (Photo by Sam Volante/Cronkite News)

Maricopa County air quality raises health concerns with affected minority communities

PHOENIX – The American Lung Association gave Maricopa County an F rating for its air quality. This poor air quality has led to an increase in health concerns, particularly for marginalized communities.

The American Lung Association gave Maricopa County an F rating for its air quality. (File photo courtesy of Arizona Department of Environmental Quality)

Experts: Slight 2022 Arizona health insurance gains likely to vanish in 2023

WASHINGTON - The number of Arizonans with health insurance rose in 2022, a post-pandemic bump that experts say has likely turned sharply south in the year since, as COVID-19 benefits have been phased out.

A national caregiver shortage strains organizations and families across the Valley

PHOENIX – The need for family caregivers is on the rise, leaving families looking for education and solutions as the national caregiver shortage continues to grow.

Kathleen Allen lifts light weights during an exercise activity at the FSL ReCreación Center on Sept. 13, 2023. Allen suffered a brain aneurysm at 22 years old. She receives day care five days a week. (Photo by Kevinjonah Paguio/Cronkite News)