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Business groups give Barto high marks

July 3, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

 

 

Campaign 2014

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Business groups give Barto high marks

July 3, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

 

 

Media

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What is Value in Health Care?

June 11, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Value-Based Payments -  Sounds good, but who defines what is valuable?

States can shed light on health care prices - Forbes’ praises Sen. Barto’s efforts improving price transparency in Arizona.

Medicare patients: Beware of ‘observation status’ in hospitals - And yes – this has everything to do with Obamacare and hospital penalties.

The short unhappy life of ObamaCare - High rates a problem?  Solution: federal bailouts! Who knew?

Health insurers expected to raise rates for next year - AZ’s Dept. of Ins must release the rest of the rate requests by month’s end. Read more »

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A 2014 Session Synopsis

June 3, 2014 · 1 Comment 

First - Where did the money go?

The State budget has General Fund spending $482 million above FY 14, for a total of $9.83 billion. The Republican Legislature continues to prioritize education and safety of Arizona’s children, with a full 75% of the new money going to three areas:  K-12, higher education, and the new Dept. of Child Safety.

  • K-12 – Total K-12 spending increased by $187.6 million
  • Child Safety – DCS spending increased by $120 million for a total of $845 million for DCS in ’15

SB 1224 (child safety positions) Appropriated $6,859,300, funding 192 full-time employees early in the session to CPS in this fiscal year – FY 2014, not counting an add’l 112 investigators, caseworkers and support staff in Special Session for the new Dept. of Child Safety (DCS).

  • Higher Education – Total University spending increased by $45.0 million

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Culture Watch

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What if you were diagnosed ‘terminal’?

May 30, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Wouldn’t you want the option to try an experimental drug that might save or extend your life?

That option may be up to YOU, the Arizona voter.   This session, after learning what terminal patients go through to even be considered for a clinical trial to test  drugs in the FDA pipeline, the Arizona Legislature passed HCR 2005 , also known as the Terminal Patients Right-to-Try Act.  The measure allows patients diagnosed as terminal greater access to potentially life-saving drugs that have not completed final FDA approval.  The approval we’re talking about are drugs or therapies that have passed Stage 1, which means the drug won’t cause further harm to the patient, but the efficacy and side effects haven’t been fully vetted.  Read more »

Community News

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Expect performance – Get performance!

June 17, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

You might have missed the great reading progress made by Arizona students reported in the Arizona Republic.  It wasn’t painted in the most positive terms by its author.  The news that “Fewer than expected fail 3rd-grade reading” should be cause for celebration.  Why wasn’t it? Read more »

Legislative Action

A 2014 Session Synopsis

A 2014 Session Synopsis

First - Where did the money go? The State budget has General Fund spending $482 million above FY 14, for a total of $9.83 billion. The Republican Legislature continues to prioritize... [Read more]


News and Media

What is Value in Health Care?

What is Value in Health Care?

Value-Based Payments -  Sounds good, but who defines what is valuable? States can shed light on health care prices - Forbes’ praises Sen. Barto’s efforts improving... [Read more]