Thursday, November 18, 2010

Brewercare costing Arizona lives: Senate Democrats call on Governor to take action

Arizona State Senate
1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007
Senator-elect David Schapira, D-17
Senate Minority Leader (incoming)
Senator Leah Landrum Taylor, D-16
Senate Assistant Minority Leader (incoming)

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – This week, Arizonans faced some stark examples of the impact of the cuts the Republican majority voted for to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System budget when Francisco Felix was denied a desperately needed liver transplant and Randy Shepherd denied a heart transplant.

Senate Democrats call on Gov. Brewer to take action to deal with these dire circumstances.

“Brewercare is putting lives at risk,” said incoming Senate Minority Leader David Schapira. “Governor Brewer is now a one-person death panel. These Arizona citizens deserve to have the medical care they were promised. The Governor must take action now by allocating stimulus money or calling a special session. This cannot wait any longer while lives are at stake.”

According to an NPR report on November 11, there are nearly 100 Arizona patients awaiting transplants who have been denied because of the cuts made by Brewer and Republicans in the Legislature.

“The Arizona voters passed Proposition 204 to require the state to cover people who are at 100 percent of the federal poverty limit,” said Senator Leah Landrum Taylor, incoming Senate Assistant Minority Leader. “This is only Republicans continuing to look for ways to back out of their obligations to the voters by kicking low-income people off of health care.”

The coverage of specific transplants and services was revoked in HB 2010: health; budget reconciliation; 2010-2011 in the Seventh Special Session. The specific references to transplants is on page 21.

In the final Senate vote, all Democrats voted against the bill. All Republicans voted for the bill, except for Sen. Jay Tibshraeny who voted no and Sen. Carolyn Allen, who did not vote.

All House Democrats voted against the bill and all Republicans voted for it except for Rep. Doug Quelland.

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