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2015 Barto Bills Signed into Law

April 7, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Paying Directly for care just got better:  Higher insurance premiums, deductibles & co-pays plus narrow provider networks  are costing patients more. By paying directly.…market forces come into play and patients can pay much less.  With HB 2417 (Formerly SB 1284), paying directly will be even more cost effective as the law ensures insurance companies cooperate when patients go out of network for covered services by applying their payments to the in-network deductible. Read more »

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Final push before the Election – then we celebrate!

October 29, 2014 · Leave a Comment 

Things to know and ways to help before the big day next Tuesday.  Your vote will make a difference!  And your involvement can make or break a tight race, too.   My race is wrapped up (thank you again for your support!).  I have no general election opponent, but others are pretty tight.

  • Judges?  These are my picks for a YES vote: Robert Brutinel, Cynthia Baily, James Blomo,  Boyd Dunn, Roger Brodman, Janice Crawford, Michael Herrod, Carey Hyatt, Brian Ishikawa, Joan Sinclair, Pamela Svoboda, Danielle Viola.
  • Need info on the PropositionsCheck this out.
  • Phone bank for Ducey for Governor – Sign up for a shift to call undecided voters here.  4455 E. Camelback Rd. Suite E 260  Phoenix, 85018
  • Get out the vote party for Michele Reagan for Secretary of State:  Thursday, Oct. 30 at 4:00 p.m.  LD 23 office – 7047 E. Greenway Pkwy, #250, Scottsdale
  • Election Prayer:  This Sunday, November 2nd  from 2-5 p.m. at the State Capitol  and at Pureheart Christian Fellowship at 6:30 p.m.
  • Election Night Celebration at the HYATT downtown and stop by Suite 322 – where I will be joining Congressman Trent Franks.  Festivities begin around 7:00 p.m.
  • CAP Post Election Wrap-up with Hugh Hewitt:  Friday, November 7thClick here for more info.

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Focus on Children & Internet Sex Crimes

April 20, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

HB 2517   Rescuing children from internet sex crimes –  There are 15,000 known active internet addresses identified in Arizona – but not nearly enough investigators to track down & save these child victims.  There are only 4 fulltime investigators working these horrific torture, rape and molestation cases – the same number since the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force was formed in 2001!  HB 2517 allocates $900,000 a year in lottery revenue to the Internet Crimes Against Children Enforcement Fund, and $100,000 to the Victims’ Rights Enforcement Fund.  What is the scope of these crimes?  Watch the compelling committee testimony.  View Rep. Paul Boyer’s piece here.

HB 2519   Parent moves and the best interest of kids – After numerous attempts to pass legislation curbing devastating abuse of current (post divorce) relocation statutes, HB 2519 made significant headway protecting both parents and the child.  Although in the end the 100 mile rule was restored, the most important part of the bill was left intact – that relocation issues are to be written into final orders rather than post decree orders.  Also supervised parenting time can no longer be used against the non-moving party with no penalty.

HB 2024   Child Safety Oversight Committee – Some legislatively created committees may be of little use – especially over time, but the CSOC was instituted at a time when CPS (now the Dept. of Child Safety) was – and continues to be – desperately in need of accountability and oversight.   HB 2024 continues the CSOC for another two years.

HB 2047   Supervisor review & approval a must before child removal – Considering the numbers of children in state care, frankly we’re wondering if children are removed from the home too often and without supporting legal cause.  HB 2047 specifies that DCS may not remove a child from the custody of the child’s parent, guardian or custodian unless the child safety worker submits the reasons for removal and supporting documentation to their supervisor and supervisor approves the removal. Read more »

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2015 Measures Benefit Patients & Economy

April 17, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

One State Leads fight for Health Care Freedom – Arizona

  • HB 2643  Stopping Obamacare in ArizonaStates shouldn’t try to save the Obamacare subsidies and HB 2643 ensures Arizona doesn’t try.  The new law prohibits the state and all of its political subdivisions from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer, or cooperate with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  See John Graham’s latest on Arizona (NCPA).
  • HB 2417 (formerly SB 1284 ) Paying Directly for care just got betterHigher insurance premiums, deductibles & co-pays plus narrow provider networks  are costing patients more. By paying directly.…market forces come into play and patients can pay much less.  With HB 2417, paying directly will be even more cost effective as the law ensures insurance companies cooperate when patients go out of network for covered services by applying their payments to the in-network deductible.
  • SB 1039  Expands Health Care Sharing Option:   The cost of health insurance continues to skyrocket – and if Obamacare subsidies come to a halt if ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, even more people will be seeking affordable health care options.  HCSMs are exempt from the Affordable Care Act and they’re actually affordable.  SB 1039 aligns the state and federal definitions of HCSMs so that more people can take advantage of this option.  Read more: Alliance for Health Care Sharing Ministries.
  • HB 2645  Laboratory Testing Without Order –   The lab industry will never be the same thanks to some serious free market interventions in Arizona:  Less regulation a-la HB 2645, allowing patients to pursue lab tests without a doctor’s prescription – and an innovative company named Theranos which offers patients more value for less cost and less blood is a winning combination.  If you haven’t heard of Theranos’ Founder & CEO Elizabeth Holmes, you soon will!  Many Arizonans are already benefiting from the Theranos/Walgreens partnership at 40 locations across the state.
  • SB 1320  Cosmetology Board can’t license makeup Artists -  Should people who apply makeup & eyelashes have to have a license to do business?  SB 1320 makes sure they don’t in Arizona. Chalk one up for keeping government from inhibiting entry into yet another business field.  Read about another ‘Fishy Regulation’ this Board is being sued over.

Addressing the over-prescribing epidemic: More than 100 people die each day due to legal prescription opioid overdose in the U.S.  SB 1032 requires Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) contractors to intervene if a member has 10 or more prescriptions for controlled substances within a three-month period. Read more »

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Who’s on Welfare?

February 22, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Numbers don’t lie.  The War on Poverty has cost us $22 Trillion so far, and rising.

  • One third of Americans now take “need-based” payments (14% of GDP)
  • Benefit transfers to individuals through social welfare programs have increased from less than one federal dollar in four (24%) in 1963 to almost 3 out of 5 (59%) in 2013
  • In fact, Americans’ fastest growing source of personal income are welfare entitlements.

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Pushing back regulations – intentionally

April 20, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

We’re Movin’ Up!  The respected Rich States Poor States report recently ranked Arizona #5 for economic outlook.  Here’s how the Legislature pushed regulations back this session:

SB 1241   Stopping excessive government regulation it’s about more than plastic bags.  Some localities are contemplating – and some have already implemented – ordinances that mandate energy usage reporting and dictate which containers and bags are acceptable.  SB 1241 reins in intrusive jurisdictional mandates before they become major job-killers in Arizona.  While responsible energy use is obviously a worthy goal, mandatory energy reporting in the name of energy consumption benchmarking is problematic on many levels and unnecessary as businesses are already highly incentivized to reduce their energy costs and do not need additional regulations.  Piecemeal mandates are not only labor intensive, but difficult to comply with. Read the Arizona Chamber’s informative piece on SB 1241 – Overregulation: Local Edition.

HB 2603   Tort Reform – Ending Asbestos Litigation “Double Dipping”.   This measure increases necessary transparency in Arizona’s legal system ensuring that, while victims are still entitled to compensation, the tort process is fair for all parties involved, and double dipping recovery is curtailed.  Read more about the issue here.

HB 2645  Laboratory Testing Without Order –  will bring competition & patient access to market.  The lab industry will never be the same thanks to some serious free market interventions in Arizona:  Less regulation a-la HB 2645, which was just signed into law by Governor Ducey, and an innovative company named Theranos which offers patients more value for less cost and less blood.  If you haven’t heard of Theranos’ Founder & CEO Elizabeth Holmes, you soon will!  Many Arizonans are already benefiting from the Theranos/Walgreens partnership at 40 locations across the state – the Grand Opening of which was at 64th St. and Greenway Rd. in 2013.

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Legislative Action

2015 Measures Benefit Patients & Economy

2015 Measures Benefit Patients & Economy

One State Leads fight for Health Care Freedom – Arizona HB 2643  Stopping Obamacare in Arizona:  States shouldn’t try to save the Obamacare subsidies and HB 2643... [Read more]


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Focus on Children & Internet Sex Crimes

Focus on Children & Internet Sex Crimes

HB 2517   Rescuing children from internet sex crimes –  There are 15,000 known active internet addresses identified in Arizona – but not nearly enough... [Read more]