Medicaid info session set for Thursday

Officials with the state's Medicaid program will be in Tucson this week to discuss the health insurance program for lower-income Americans.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Joel D. Valdez Public Library, 101 S. Stone Ave. Space is limited. RSVP is required to

Comments and questions will be taken at the meeting but can also be submitted to or AHCCCS, c/o Office of Intergovernmental Relations, 801 E. Jefferson St., Mail Drop 4200, Phoenix, AZ 85034.

The Legislature is scheduled to vote this session on whether to expand Medicaid. Arizona's program is called the Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).

In Arizona, the expansion would broaden the qualifications from 100 percent up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, covering an additional 57,000 Arizonans.

Bilingual health fair to be at El Rio center

A free Health and Safety Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 23 at the El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W. Speedway.

Students with the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy are teaming up with the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, the Arizona Bilingual Newspaper and United Healthcare to sponsor the event.

Spanish translators will be available.

The health fair will provide free health services and information, offering screenings for asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hearing, vision and body fat.

Children's safety fair is March 23 at TMC

Tucson Medical Center's annual Be Safe Saturday is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 23.

Among highlights of the event will be free child identification fingerprinting and car seat checks.

The event is sponsored by the Children's Miracle Network, which helps TMC provide the 4,000 bike helmets and 1,200 booster seats that will be handed out.

Be Safe Saturday is expected to draw 13,000 people this year.

The event will be in TMC's parking lot No. 11. The hospital is at 5301 E. Grant Road.

Heart-health talk to focus on nutrition

A heart lecture series at the Woods Memorial Library on Wednesday will feature a free CPR class and a lecture about inexpensive, healthy nutrition.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the community room of the library, 3455 N. First Ave. Free parking is available.

The scheduled speaker is Susan Bristol, manager of clinical nutrition services at the University of Arizona Medical Center. She will talk about taking care of your heart's nutrition needs on a budget.

Reservations are requested, but not required. Email or call 626-4146. For more information about the UA Sarver Heart Center, visit

'Kidical Mass' bike ride for families coming up

Living Streets Alliance will host a Kidical Mass ride from 10 a.m. to noon March 23.

Kidical Mass rides are family-friendly events designed to bring families together. Ride leaders and sweepers will be present to ensure no one is left behind.

Participants are encouraged to bring their helmets; however, a limited supply of free children's helmets will be provided courtesy of the city of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. The ride starts at Catalina Park, 900 N. Fourth Ave.

For more information, visit

Contact Star medical reporter Stephanie Innes at or 573-4134.