June 11, 2014
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]
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 below:
(Phoenix, State Capitol)—In addition to continuing rising costs of health care, another concern for patients in Arizona is the wildly different costs of the same procedure, depending on where you go for the procedure. Now, a new law is calling attention to these varying costs. [Read more]
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]
November 27, 2012
Senator Barto praises Governor Brewer’s postponement on deciding whether to move forward on creation of health care exchange
Statement by Senator Nancy Barto
“I applaud Governor Brewer’s cautionary approach in deciding Arizona’s future and involvement with creating a state-based exchange. By postponing her declaration to the federal government, she will have more time to confer with leaders across this nation rejecting the pressures of Washington. Nineteen states have already determined it is not in their best interest financially or in principle, and seven more states are strongly considering it. [Read more]
August 28, 2012
DocTalk Radio is a televised radio show focused on your health. Recently, DocTalk Radio host Dr. Anne Borik invited Sen. Barto to join the program. Listen to these short program segments…
July 14, 2012
Since the Supreme Court’s tortured argument upholding most of the law, its supporters are pushing harder than ever for states to immediately implement Obamacare Insurance Exchanges and expand Medicaid in the states - before a new Congress and President can repeal and replace it.
July 14, 2012
Yes – we’re riled up. After the Court’s convoluted Obamacare ruling, rulings against Arizona’s common sense ‘ID at the polls’ law & SB 1070 (see below), Obama’s unconstitutional Dream Act Exec. Order, and this week’s action gutting welfare reform - it’s clearer than ever that we must Win in November. But how?
Vote, of course, but to put it bluntly – we’ve got to put our money where our mouth is! Most of us don’t have a lot of extra money right now, but if you do have a job, participation this year – even in a small way – even if you’ve never contributed to a campaign before – is imperative. And I’m not talking about my campaign. [Read more]
June 7, 2012
Arizona legislators to attend “Stand up for Religious Freedom” rally
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX (June 7, 2012) – Tomorrow afternoon, Representative Debbie Lesko (R-Dist 9) will be addressing Arizona advocates of religious liberty to coincide with the this year’s second national Stand up for Religious Freedom Rally. Representative Lesko will be joined by Representative J.D. Mesnard (R-Dist. 21), State Senators Nancy Barto (R-Dist. 7) and Steve Yarbrough (R-Dist 21).
The event will build off of the success enjoyed by the first rally held earlier this year
in which 63,000 Americans in over 145 cities came together to publicly denounce
the regulatory over-reach and usurpation of religious freedom by the Obama Administration.
The rally will be held at noon tomorrow in front of:
Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Building East Plaza
401 W. Washington Street
In reflection of the efforts expended to counter the HHS mandate, Representative Lesko stated, “I am proud how we responded to the threat to our religious liberties posed by the Obama HHS mandate. HB 2625 made its way to the Governor’s desk because of the efforts of legislators such as Representatives Mesnard, Senators Barto, Yarbrough and many others whom recognized the detrimental effects this mandate will have on our religious freedoms.”
Arizona House of Representatives
May 23, 2012
“You can’t change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight”.
Speaker/author Jim Rohn may not have had Arizona in mind, but his principle certainly applies. The Arizona Chamber summed up our situation like this, “the Legislature hit reboot on the Arizona economy and turned what was a basket case into a best case.”
While almost every state suffered precipitously low revenues during this recession and historically slow recovery, how did Arizona end this year in the black with significant savings to spare – while creating 47,000 new jobs in February & March alone? Especially considering that Arizona was one of the states hardest hit.
In short, we acted like grown-ups. Like thousands of Arizonans who lost their nest eggs, jobs, and homes, the state made our budget work while funding essential priorities – education, public safety and health care for the most vulnerable. The 2013 budget is balanced, as will be the 2014 budget – without the borrowing, sweeps and rollovers previous budgets employed – and without additional cuts. [Read more]