October 4, 2015
Medicaid Expansion is Proving to be a Bad Deal for States – This ‘free money’ will blow holes in states’ 2017 budgets.
Reality Check! 2014 Health Insurance Enrollment- Increase due almost entirely to Medicaid Expansion! View the chart.
HMOs are in; choice is out – Get ready – Health plans are changing again! But your physician may be left out of narrower networks. Oh, and premiums will be higher, too.
Medicare premium spike has its roots in another Obamacare failure – the states will be hooked for more costs, too, for seniors eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.
If you can’t use a hatchet, opt for a scalpel: reformations to AHCCCS – Like welfare reform in the ’90’s, Gov. Ducey’s plan can turn Medicaid Expansion into a catalyst for self-sufficiency.
This new lawsuit against Obamacare has legs – BIG (but under-reported) news! Courts ruled Congress has standing to protect the power of the purse from the President’s unauthorized spending to shore up insurance companies. [Read more]
July 7, 2015
Abortion Pill Reversal – Senators Barto and Hobbs debate the merits of recent legislation ensuring women are informed it may be possible to reverse the effects of the abortion pill and have a second chance to save the life of her unborn child – not be kept in the dark regarding the option. View the piece on Politics Unplugged here.
Also see my ‘Women should not be lied to’ post.
June 11, 2015
June 10, 2015
Sen. Barto named Senator of the Year by Small Business Group
(Phoenix, State Capitol)—-Senator Nancy Barto received the Senator of the Year Award today from the National Federation of Independent Business/Arizona. NFIB honors two legislators each year for their efforts in assisting small business in our state.
The Arizona state director for NFIB says Senator Barto has been one of the staunchest champions of small business at the Arizona Legislature for almost a decade. “During the 2015 legislative session, Senator Barto took the lead to ensure that small businesses providing home support services for many of our most vulnerable Arizonans would continue free of unnecessary and destructive state government interference,” said Farrell Quinlan. “It is because of Nancy Barto’s leadership and faith in Arizona’s small business owners that countless thousands will continue to receive the care they need, especially as their services become more and more crucial with the Baby Boom Generation reaching retirement age.” [Read more]
April 20, 2015
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. [Read more]
September 29, 2014
If you’ve been tuning in to the election campaigns, you may wonder at claims that Republicans are guilty of “illegal” cuts to education and should PAY UP immediately! Well – a little historical perspective might be helpful before you buy that line. [Read more]
July 28, 2014
Obamacare Costs & Cover-Up – How successful has the law really been? From the Obamacare News Roundup by Jane Orient, M.D.
The AZ Republic asks Sen. Barto and Blue Cross Blue Shield to weigh in on the question, What if the Supreme Court rules Obamacare subsidies can’t be used in federal exchanges? Why the latest court decision challenging the IRS runaround the law may be the greatest threat to the law & the linchpin that drives Congress to open up the law to reforms that Americans need and want – alternatives based on a strategy of Freedom. [Read more]
July 3, 2014
- Americans for Prosperity “Friend of the Taxpayer” 2011 -2014. View Legislative scores.
- National Federation of Independent Business’ Guardian of Small Business – Scored 100%. See NFIB’s 2014 ‘Guardians‘.
- Free Enterprise Club – Perfect Score: “A”
Nancy is also endorsed for the State Senate in 2014 by:
- National Rifle Association of America Political Victory Fund – “A” rating
- Arizona Technology Council
- Arizona Right to Life
- Arizona Multi-Housing Association
- Arizona Realtors Association
- Arizona Society of Practicing Accountants
April 21, 2014
April 21, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Governor signs bill that could save lives of many Arizona women
(Phoenix, State Capitol)–Governor Jan Brewer has signed SB 1225 into law. This bill, sponsored by Senator Nancy Barto of Phoenix, would require health care providers to tell women if they have dense breast tissue. This, according to Senator Barto, will allow women to make the most informed decision possible when screening for breast cancer, and likely save many lives. [Read more]
March 22, 2014
Thanks to HB 2045 – Arizona hospitals and other health professionals must now disclose their cash prices to patients – helping them compare prices when paying out of pocket.
How will transparency impact prices? Read what Forbes’ just wrote about Sen. Barto’s efforts and this link from AFP.
To find out who is complying with the law – Check this list. How is the health care industry responding? With plans for more disclosure.
View press release:
November 26, 2013
- Can Arizona learn from Florida? – Senate’s 1st HHS Committee focuses on CPS
- Calls Mounting for CPS Shake-up – AZ Republic
- Horizon interview by Ted Simons on CPS Oversight Committee
- CPS watch – Sen. Barto on Director Carter’s plan to address 6,000 ignored Cases
- Politics Unplugged interview on Arizona Medical Board [Read more]