Category: Medical Malpractice

Medicaid Passes

On Monday, June 17, 2013, Govenor, Jan Brewer, signed a bill increasing Medicaid coverage in the State of Arizona from 1.3 million to 1.6 million people, an increase of 23%.  Previously, Medicaid coverage in Arizona, which is administered by Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), was restricted principally to single parents and their minor children.  The passage of this bill means that AHCCCS enrollment will be open to many young, qualified, single adults without children.  Even though federal funding for this expansion will probably not be available until early 2014, individuals who may be eligible should apply for Medicaid benefits as soon as possible

Chiropractors

Recently the Arizona Court of Appeals refused to hear a case brought by two chiropractors against the Arizona State Insurance Director for what they allege were violations of the anti-discrimination statute.  The chiropractors contended that they are entitled to be reimbursed for their services just like any other health care professional.  Insurance companies have fought coverage for chiropractors arguing that such coverage drives up costs.  If you are injured and need treatment carefully review your health care insurance coverage.  Continue reading “Chiropractors”

Infections

Medical malpractice actions against doctors, nurses, and hospitals for infections arising during hospitalization are rare.  Usually, they are considered a risk of surgery or hospitalization unless it can be clearly established that medical personnel, through an act or omission, were the proximate cause of the infection.  Continue reading “Infections”

Medicaid

Governor Jan Brewer is asking the Arizona state legislature to expand existing Medicaid (AHCCCS) coverage to thousands of working poor.  Federal funds will pay for this expanded coverage but the legislature appears reluctant.  If you have been denied AHCCCS coverage in the past you should watch this issue closely and reapply if the legislature accepts the Governor’s expansion.