Arizona drops in ‘healthy state’ ranking for seniors

  Arizona is becoming less healthy for seniors, with rising suicides, increasingly unreliable access to food and dropping home-health care, the United Health Foundation reported. The state fell to No. 31 in the country from No. 18 five years ago, according to the Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Senior Report 2018, which ranked all 50 states […]

OPINION: Confused about health insurance? Free help is available

The enrollment period is shorter this year – Nov. 1-Dec. 15 Is financial assistance still available? How much does it cost? Are pre-existing conditions covered? Isn’t the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare dead? Who can help me enroll? If you are like most Arizonans, you likely have asked one of these or a multitude of […]

Queen Creek High adds nursing program to upperclassman curriculum

In recognition of the health care industry’s growing need for nurses, Queen Creek High School has introduced nursing courses to its curriculum for upperclassmen. The school now offers Medical Professions 1 and 2 to juniors and seniors, according to a press release. Additionally, the State Board of Nursing approved the nursing assistant program at the high school, 22149 E. […]

Klink: On Medicare, Democrats shouldn’t trust Trump

President Trump doesn’t understand or care about health care policy. He recently suggested that health insurance costs just $12 a year. And he fervently supported the GOP’s Obamacare repeal plan, which would have increased deductibles from $800 to $13,000 for individuals making $26,500 a year. That’s hardly the “great health care” plan with “much lower […]

Experts from rural economy conference blast GOP health-care plans

As the Senate prepares to vote July 25 on whether to proceed with health care reform, experts at a conference on rural health in Flagstaff that starts today are warning that the proposed cuts to Medicaid would be a disaster for small-town Arizona. The Congressional Budget Office says 22-32 million Americans could lose health-insurance coverage […]

Arizona reaction to Senate health bill ranges from lukewarm to hostile

The Senate Republican plan to replace Obamacare was quickly attacked by Democrats and kept at arm’s length by Arizona’s Republican senators, who seemed less than eager to comment on a bill few had seen before its release Thursday, June 22. The 142-page “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” would cut deeply into Medicaid funding and […]

OPINION: Fake news mustn’t drive the health care debate

There’s a dangerous disease spreading amongst political and media elites — “soundbite-itis.” It causes policymakers to advocate ill-informed policies that hurt the very people they want to help. Exhibit A: The Washington Post, John Oliver and state legislators are all alarmed that the pharmaceutical industry “spends more on sales and marketing than on (research and […]

AARP: GOP health plan won’t work for Arizonans over 50

  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 credits they use to help pay for coverage will shrink. Dana […]

Sunday is deadline to register for 2016 Affordable Care Act health coverage

  People who are uninsured and have not signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act have until this Sunday to enroll. Information and registration for the health insurance marketplace, also known as “Obamacare,” is available online, but Arizonans can also get free assistance with finding the right coverage. Diane Brown, executive director […]

Banner Health offers free medical care for uninsured, underinsured children

The Banner Children’s Healthmobile offers free health care for underinsured and uninsured children from birth to age 21.

The Healthmobile is located 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Banner Goldfield Medical Center, 2050 W. Southern Ave. in Apache Junction and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursdays at Banner Medical Center, 37000 N. Gantzel Road in San Tan Valley.

Hours may vary. For more information, find the location closest to you and to set an appointment, call the central appointment line at 480-412-6344. Walk-ins will be accepted if the case load allows.

Services include diagnosis and treatment of episodic illness, immunizations (at some locations), referrals to appropriate specialty care (the cost of the specialty services are not covered by Banner School-Based Health Centers), sports and camps physicals and well-child checks.

For more information on Banner Health, visit its website.