July 8, 2016
Governor Ducey signed 17 Barto-sponsored bills into law this session – second only to two Legislators sporting 22 each. Frankly, I am proud of the accomplishment, but ultimate success is not the number of bills passed, but that they uphold the Constitution – empower citizens and hold government accountable. [Read more]
July 5, 2016
The interim lends itself to a different kind of Legislative “busy-ness”. Last month – family & 2016 re-election campaigning. For July – read on!
- July 11-14 – Nominated for the Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business this year, I completed the intensive graduate level course last week.
- July 19 – Attending the Child Abuse Prevention Conference at the Renaissance in Glendale in mid-July? Join in the “Armchair Discussion” noontime public policy panel on child abuse and neglect – focusing on Arizona’s Dept. of Child Safety and how 2016 reforms like Jacob’s Law and Privatizing the Backlog can help children in care.
- July 21 – A.S.U.’s 17th Annual Summer Institute on Applied Behavioral Health in Sedona offers a full week of exciting breakouts. On the 21st I will be on a panel discussing SB 1442, my 2016 legislation updating Arizona’s HIPAA law, and how providers may lawfully connect with families and caregivers of those with mental illness.
- July 27 – The National Pro-Life Women’s Caucus (a project of the Susan B. Anthony List) will network in Indianapolis to promote a culture of life and discuss the Supreme Court’s horrendous decision last week – striking down BASIC abortion clinic protections women should expect at every other health care facility. (See Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson Demands Inspections of filthy Abortion Clinics.)
- July 29 – I plan to sponsor four model bills for the Health & Human Services Task Force‘s consideration at the American Legislative Exchange Council meeting in Indianapolis – including SB 1445, the Medical Speech and Practice Protection Act – signed into law in Arizona this Spring (check out the video testimony here).
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May 25, 2016
April 22, 2016
Oft repeated by radio talk host Dennis Prager, the phrase describes well where we are today in America.
We’ve lost our way. The limited government our founders and early Americans envisioned is nothing like what we see today where Washington wields unquenchable control over our lives – usually in the name of the public’s welfare or safety. Its redistributionist ways not only crowd out spending for government’s fundamental purposes, like defense, education and infrastructure, but stifle Americans’ freedoms and ability to innovate. [Read more]
January 4, 2016
Anosognosia – “lack of insight” or “lack of awareness” – is believed to be the single largest reason why individuals with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder do not take their medications”. It frustrates their families – and is often devastating to the mentally ill.
Once a person is stabilized and released from 24 hour supervision, he/she often does not have enough insight into his/her own condition to recognize the need to stay on the medication – and out of trouble, homeless or in prison. So they often refuse treatment*, leaving families to fight with the system to get them the care they need.
This is a big problem. But it isn’t the only problem. [Read more]
September 23, 2015
July 7, 2015
Once again, the U.S. Supreme Court has bent over backwards to rule in favor of the Obama administration and keep “Obamacare” alive in Thursday’s decision regarding the latest challenge to the health-care law, King vs. Burwell. Since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, leaders from around the country have tried to work with the feds to improve and mitigate the law’s impact on their citizens.
Unfortunately, many felt they couldn’t get the improvements they needed and have gone to court over the law, but the sad truth is that the court has regularly and consistently focused on a political agenda rather than following the law. [Read more]
July 4, 2015
May we all recommit to keeping it that way! Enjoy this special video. God bless each and every man and woman serving our country, as well as their families.
And may God bless you and yours today – Independence Day.
May 27, 2015
In the next few days the Supreme Court could rule most O-Care subsidies illegal– if King prevails vs. Burwell – making an already worried Democratic party doubly apoplectic, because the world as we know it just might end.
After all 7.7 million Americans who qualified for subsidies may lose them and the chorus will chant the only way forward will be for Republicans to bail them out by having red states (like Arizona) which had rejected state exchanges to implement one OR for Congress to keep the status quo & save the law. Hold on! Let’s remember what patients will GAIN if they don’t. [Read more]
April 7, 2015
Paying Directly for care is getting even better.
Higher insurance premiums, deductibles & co-pays are obviously costing patients more. Add to that narrow provider networks – and patients really pay. But by paying directly market forces come into play and patients can save a bundle – especially now. [Read more]