Mid-session Senate News

February 24, 2015

And there’s plenty of good news to report. Here are some highlights on Barto-sponsored & supported bills:

  • Good News for PatientsSB 1284  – passed the Senate 23-6 last week, moving on to the House. Under the Obamacare mandates, patients are faced with a whole new set of challenges – including incredibly high deductibles and narrower physician networks.  SB 1284 will help patients avoid having to pay twice to satisfy their insurance deductibles if they have to (or choose to) pay directly for covered health care outside their networks.  The cash payments could apply under the same rules in current law, which passed in 2013.
  • Student Civics Requirement.  Shouldn’t every high school graduate know who is in charge of the Executive branch of the Government?  Believe it or not, many don’t!  The first bill signed into law this session will make passing the same Civics Test required for new U.S. citizens mandatory for Arizona students, too: SB 1029.  Check out the test yourself at www.citizenshiptestus.com.

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Who’s on Welfare?

February 22, 2015

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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