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  • Fri, February 16, 2024 4:03 PM | Anonymous

    Recently, CMS released the Medicare Prescription Payment Plan (M3P) Part Two Draft Guidance. The Medicare Prescription Payment Plan is a new program required under the Inflation Reduction Act under which Part D sponsors must provide enrollees the option to pay out-of-pocket prescription drug costs in the form of monthly payments over the course of the plan year, instead of all at once at the pharmacy, beginning in 2025.  A 30-day comment period for the draft part two guidance opened today and concludes on March 16, 2024.

    Press Release:

    Fact Sheet:

    M3P Draft Part 2 Guidance:

  • Fri, January 26, 2024 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    By MADELINE ARMSTRONG | January 17, 2024 
    Today's News-Herald

    House Representative Selina Bliss has proposed a bill that establishes a Health Care Workforce Advisory Council as well as an Arizona Health Care Workforce Investment Fund that would address the healthcare workforce shortage in Arizona.

    “As of January 2022, Arizona ranked among the top 5 states with the most severe healthcare staffing shortages,” reads a press release from the Arizona State Board of Nursing.

    Among those most affected by the healthcare workforce shortage are Arizona’s rural communities including Mohave County.

    According to a report released from the Arizona Department of Health Services on medically underserved areas in Arizona, Mohave County is home to a number of underserved areas including Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, Kingman, Golden Valley, Colorado City and the Hualapai Tribe.

    Phil Fitzgerald, CEO for Havasu RegionalMedical Center in Lake Havasu City and Valley View Regional Medical Center in Bullhead City, said that staffing shortages are a challenge that his hospitals have faced for years.

    “Every range of departments is experiencing some type of shortage,” Fitzgerald said. “We’re not able to open as many beds as we have before. We can’t bring in as many patients as we would like to - people who are trying to access our facility for care, so we do have to send some of those patients outside of their own support area.”

    Fitzgerald said that there are a number of reasons why Mohave County is facing a healthcare workforce shortage including the cost of living in the area.

    “The area that we’re in; it’s hard. The cost of living has something

    Click here to view the full article

  • Thu, November 30, 2023 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    Consider submitting a presentation proposal or research poster to contribute to NRHA's Health Equity Conference, one of the only meetings in the nation to focus on health equity issues in rural America, May 6-7, 2024, in New Orleans, La.

    Presentations are due by next Thursday, Dec. 7 for this one-of-a-kind event, while posters are due by Feb. 8.

    Coordinated by NRHA's Health Equity Council, this conference is designed for those who are dedicated to bringing quality health care and health care services to underserved and often under-represented populations. These include LGBTQIA+, veteran, and homeless rural residents as well as multiracial and multicultural members of rural communities.

    Click here to submit an abstract

  • Mon, October 30, 2023 10:39 AM | Anonymous


    Holly Figueroa Recognized as Arizona’s
    “Community Star” on National Rural Health Day

    Arizona Center for Rural Health – Holly Figueroa, BCBSAZ Health Choice & Arizona Rural Health Association, has been named Arizona’s 2023 “Community Star” by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). 

    On the third Thursday of November, NOSORH leads National Rural Health Day (NRHD), an annual celebration that shines a light on those who serve the vital health needs of the nearly 61 million people living in rural America. Holly Figueroa will be featured prominently on the official NRHD website,, on November 16, 2023, alongside other Community Stars from across the nation. This platform will showcase each Star’s remarkable dedication and contributions to rural healthcare.

    Arizona Center for Rural Health is proud to join NOSORH in honoring Holly Figueroa as Arizona's Community Star. Ms. Figueroa has shown steadfast commitment to improving health systems in her community and throughout Arizona. We are honored to work with her and congratulate her on this well-earned recognition.               

    In 2015, the Community Star Recognition Program was established in conjunction with NRHD to tell the stories of the people and organizations who make a difference in rural communities. Since then, over 300 inspiring rural stars have been honored nationwide on NRHD.

    Additional information about National Rural Health Day can be found at To learn more about Arizona Center for Rural Health visit

    Ann Garn
    Arizona Center for Rural Health

    Release Date: November 1, 2023

  • Wed, September 27, 2023 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Elizabeth Hall-Lipsey, JD, MPH, past president of AzRHA and faculty of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Arizona, recently completed her fellowship with the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). NRHA's Rural Health Fellows program is a yearlong, intensive training program that develops leaders who can articulate a clear and compelling vision for rural America.

  • Thu, September 21, 2023 8:06 PM | Anonymous

    The Arizona Rural Health Association (AzRHA) has announced a call for nominations for its 2024 board of directors.  If you are interested in nominating a colleague or self-nominating, you may click here to complete the board application form.

  • Thu, September 07, 2023 12:14 PM | Anonymous

    A woman performing a nose swab on herself as part of a COVID at home test.

    Diagnostic tests can show if you have an active COVID-19 infection. 

    These at-home OTC COVID-19 diagnostic tests are FDA authorized for self-testing at home (or in other locations). This means you collect your own sample, perform the test, and read the result yourself without the need to send a sample to a laboratory. 

    Learn more

  • Fri, September 01, 2023 8:41 AM | Anonymous

    Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs signed a proclamation dedicating the month of September as Suicide Prevention Month.  The Arizona Rural Health Association joins fellow associations in thanking the Governor for the recognition of suicide prevention.

    Click here to view the proclamation

  • Thu, June 22, 2023 11:35 AM | Anonymous

    When Holly Figueroa accepted the role of president of the Arizona Rural Health Association board of directors in July 2022, she knew the term was only a year, but hoped she could dig deep to make changes that would help the organization’s role in rural health advocacy grow in meaning and in action.

    “There was a time of transition, and I didn’t always feel that I'd have the opportunity to really dig deep into what AzRHA would like to accomplish,” Figueroa said.

    Read more »

  • Thu, May 04, 2023 8:40 AM | Anonymous

    Provided by Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva | Arizona District 7

    Have you heard about upcoming changes to Medicaid or the “Medicaid Unwinding” and wonder how this impacts you? Use the guidance below to learn more about the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) Medicaid unwinding plan. 

    At the start of the pandemic, Congress enacted a law which required Medicaid and KidsCare programs to keep people continuously enrolled through the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).  Congress has now ended this requirement, meaning states can disenroll individuals that no longer meet Medicaid eligibility requirements. Arizona has begun this “unwinding” process of determining who is still eligible for Medicaid and KidsCare.

    What’s Happening Now?
    Starting April 1, 2023, AHCCCS will begin disenrolling members who no longer meet Medicaid or KidsCare eligibility requirements. This process will take 12 months. Here’s what will happen:

    • During renewal, AHCCCS will attempt to determine eligibility automatically. They believe approximately 75% of eligibility determinations can be completed automatically and members will not need to take any action.
      • If their eligibility is continued, they will receive a summary letter that says, “If the information on the summary is correct, you do not need to do anything. You do not need to call or contact AHCCCS.”
      • If eligibility cannot be automatically continued, they will receive a written request from AHCCCS for more information. They must respond within 30 days.
    • AHCCCS cannot disenroll a member whose mail is returned undeliverable until making other good-faith attempts to contact the member.

    Immigrants who are “qualified non-citizens” are generally eligible for coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), if they meet their state’s income and residency rules. Applying for or receiving Medicaid or CHIP benefits, doesn't make someone a "public charge". This means it won’t affect their chances of becoming a Lawful Permanent Resident or U.S. citizen. Find more information here

    Members who are no longer eligible for Medicaid will be referred to the Healthcare Marketplace and other sources for coverage options (see

    What Can Members Do to Prepare?

    1. Make sure your mailing address, phone number, and email address is correct. Login to, or call Health-e-Arizona Plus at 1-855-HEA-PLUS (1-855-432-7587), Monday through Friday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm.
    2. Check your mailbox for a letter from AHCCCS about renewal of coverage. The envelope will look like this:
    3. Respond to any requests from AHCCCS for more information so the agency can accurately determine your eligibility.
    4. Sign up for texts or emails from AHCCCS about your renewal. Login to (or create) your Health-e-Arizona Plus account.
    5. Watch Out for Fraud! AHCCCS will never ask you to pay money to renew your AHCCCS or KidsCare coverage.

    Where Can I Go for More Information? 
    More information on AHCCCS’s Medicaid unwinding plan, along with frequently asked questions can be found at HERE.   

    General Medicaid Eligibility Information can be found HERE.

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About the Association

Established in 1994, the Arizona Rural Health Association, Inc. (AzRHA) serves as an independent organization after serving as the Advisory Committee of the Arizona Center for Rural Health for many years. 

Learn more about the association here

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Arizona Rural Health Association
55 Lake Havasu City South, Ste. F #271
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

Phone: (928) 222-2289

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