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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rates the relative quality of the private plans that are offered to Medicare beneficiaries through the Medicare Advantage program. CMS rates Medicare Advantage plans on a one to five-star scale, the highest quality being five stars. This star rating provides an overall measure of the plan’s quality and is an indication of the quality of care, access to care, responsiveness, and beneficiary satisfaction provided by the Medicare Advantage plan. This means that the higher the star rating a plan receives, the more likely you are to receive the care you need, when and where you need it - and most of all, you are more likely to be satisfied with your plan.
Come Jan. 1, thousands of Arizona veterans and others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will soon be able to obtain marijuana legally.
Calling it a “stunning power grab,” Attorney General Tom Horne wants a judge to block a decision by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission to investigate whether he has been using his office for campaigning.
What if Louise of “Thelma & Louise” survived driving into the Grand Canyon and had a bratty granddaughter played by Melissa McCarthy somewhere down the line? You’d probably get something along the lines of “Tammy.” In the film, Susan Sarandon finds herself going along for another offbeat road trip full of crazy shenanigans, none of which take an especially dark turn like in “Thelma & Louise.” Sarandon is only the co-pilot on this particular road trip, however, playing second banana to McCarthy as the title character.
A bid by state lawmakers to take back the power to draw congressional lines is legally flawed and should be rejected, the lead attorney for the Independent Redistricting Commission told the nation's high court.
Federal officials on Thursday gave the Tohono O'odham Nation final permission to make land it owns near Glendale part of the reservation, a crucial step toward the tribe's plans to build a casino there.
More than fifty people, including ASU professors, packed into a courtroom to support Ersula Ore, the woman accused of assaulting an officer.
A University of Arizona doctor who was pushing for more research into medical marijuana is being let go — she believes for political reasons.
The top aide to Attorney General Tom Horne has selected two attorneys who have donated to Horne to investigate whether Horne and others in the office have been conducting his reelection campaign on state time with state resources.
The general consensus seems to be that this has been a disappointing summer movie season. That either means that the standards of moviegoers are going up or they’ve just become spoiled brats. Come on, people. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Godzilla” might not have been blockbuster masterpieces, but for what they were, they did provide perfectly solid entertainment. The same cannot be said about “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” Now that the latest from Michael Bay is in the mix, the summer movie season must be graded on a curve.
Once you’ve made the decision to buy a home, it’s time to review your credit standing. If you don’t, you can be sure your lender will when you apply for a mortgage. It’s a good idea to know what you’re working with before you fill out your mortgage application. That way, you have some time to establish, improve or repair your credit standing. Exactly where you stand will help determine whether you are approved for a mortgage and, if so, the interest rate you will be charged.
Veteran Yuma state senator Don Shooter will have a foe in the Aug. 26 Republican primary.
A federal appeals court has said retired U.S. Airways pilots may have the legal right to pursue claims that could give each of them thousands of dollars.
Flooded with a wave of immigrants from Central America, the Obama administration announced Friday it will open new facilities to house families caught crossing the border illegally.
TripAdvisor honored the Orpheum Theatre with a 2014 Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide, recognizes hospitality excellence in establishments that consistently receive outstanding TripAdvisor traveler reviews.
Legislative District 18’s only Independent candidate, Scott Ryan, has removed from the November ballot.
Claiming new evidence of a pattern of misconduct, Attorney General Tom Horne on Tuesday asked a federal judge to dissolve the police department that patrols the polygamous twin communities of Colorado City and Hildale, Utah.
Ahwatukee resident Sally Visnansky has been devoting the past four months to getting the Learning Detectives Summer Academy off the ground.
Are you thinking of investing in municipal bonds? If so, you may have good reason, particularly if you are in one of the higher tax brackets. After all, municipal bond interest payments typically are exempt from federal income taxes, and possibly state and local income taxes, too — although some “munis” are subject to the alternative minimum tax. However, since not all municipal bonds are the same, you’ll want to know the differences — especially in terms of risk.
DreamWorks Animation has always been great at being timely, but hasn’t always been that great at being timeless. Some of their films have stricken a decent balance between timely and timeless, like “Shrek” and “Kung Fu Panda.” Several of their films, however, feel very much like products of the time that probably won’t hold up phenomenally in another 20 years. Chris Sanders’ “How to Train Your Dragon” was a different kind of film from DreamWorks, being one half action/adventure and another half heartwarming tale between a boy and animal. In some respects, it was like a few of their earlier 2-D animated features, but done a million times better. It was the first DreamWorks film since “The Prince of Egypt” that felt completely timeless with no pop culture references and little modern talk, even rivaling some of the best efforts from Disney and Pixar.
Although she’s had a few great reoccurring roles on TV shows like “Parks and Recreation,” Jenny Slate is a comedic actress who’s rarely been given a chance to shine on screen. After accidentally dropping the f-bomb, she was under utilized on “Saturday Night Live” and left after a season. Then she had some supporting roles in “The Lorax,” “This Means War,” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip wrecked,” where none of the actors came out looking good. In “Obvious Child,” Slate is finally given a chance to show off her full range as both a comedian and actress, proving that she’s a star in the making capable of tremendous feats.
“22 Jump Street” just might be the most self-aware sequel ever made, including “Muppets Most Wanted” where there was an entire song about doing a sequel. Nick Offerman’s Deputy Chief Hardy tells returning stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum that nobody cared about the Jump Street reboot. Against all the odds, though, it ended up being a success. Now expectations are high and the program has been doubled in budget. It’s also been moved across the street from 21 Jump Street to 22 Jump Street. In another couple years, it will likely be moved back across the street next door at 23 Jump Street.
It seems that more and more often, I encounter numerous clients, friends and associates who have been laid off or fired and many others who for one reason or another are out of work and looking for a job. If you are in this group of individuals and looking for employment, it can be a tremendously stressful time as you try and figure out what you are going to do to survive and pay your bills. It becomes even more worrisome to balance survival with the lengthy processes companies implement in their hiring practices.
The Chandler Fire Department plans to implement a new school fire safety and education program this fall to ensure city schools are inspected annually.
A new survey from Zillow.com is projecting that metro Phoenix home prices will rise 3.6 percent by April 2015. That is not a significant increase compared with the 17 percent rise last year and the 30 percent jump in 2012. Zillow has Phoenix ranked 15th for projected home-price appreciation on Zillow’s list of large metros for 20104. Las Vegas, which has lagged the Valley in the housing rebound, ranks No. 1 with an almost 11 percent expected jump in home values for 2014.