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Despite reservations, Prop 123 needed

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As the Prop 123 election draws to a close and sentiment around it is more polarized, we need to underscore the importance of its passage. While admittedly imperfect, it does provide a way to get beyond the long-standing school inflation lawsuit.

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KidsCare is an important health resource for Arizona families

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In my five decades of providing medical care to Arizona children, I have realized that Medicaid (AHCCCS) and KidsCare (Arizona’s version of a Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP) are critical for low-income families. KidsCare has been frozen since 2010, and the Legislature now has the opportunity to include lifting the freeze in their budget negotiations, while the federal government picks up the tab.

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Do not ‘fix’ SB1324. Repeal it.

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Three weeks ago, the Arizona Legislature, heeding a call to “protect women’s health,” passed SB1324. This bill mandated that doctors adhere to an outdated medication protocol when administering drugs for a medication-induced abortion. Ignoring medical studies, scientific evidence, and the standard of care, our legislators said that in this case physicians had to follow the FDA precisely, as well as what was written on a drug label printed in 2000.

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