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Repeal Of Obamacare Could Cost Arizona Public-Health Funding

Arizona could lose millions of dollars in public-health funding if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

The opioid epidemic, disease outbreaks and vaccines for children and adults in need — those are just some of the public-health issues that the Prevention and Public Health Fund pays for in Arizona.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention administers the pot of money, which was part of the Affordable Care Act. A report from the non-profit Trust for America’s Health said that over the next five years, the state could be short more than $40 million if the health-care law is repealed and the fund axed.

Over the past decade, Arizona’s core funding for health emergencies has been cut by more than a third, according to the report.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.