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  • commented 2017-09-18 14:10:26 -0700
    Dear Senator Bowie,


    I am a resident of Tempe and also a hospitalist physician at Banner—University Medical Center Phoenix downtown. I am proud to have voted for you this past November. I am writing to urge you to use your position as my Arizona State Senator to discuss the current federal Graham-Cassidy health care bill with our US Senators McCain and Flake. I believe that your insights into the current fiscal and general status of the state of Arizona will be helpful in informing their decisions on how to vote.


    As a physician, mother, wife, and citizen, this bill terrifies me. While on the surface it could be appealing to those in favor of smaller federal government and returning control to the states, because of its transition of federal Medicaid expansion dollars to block grants to the states, this bill would be devastating to the state of Arizona. The initial projection is that Arizona would lose $1.6 billion dollars in federal funding for our Medicaid expansion as a result of this bill. When AHCCCS last had an enrollment freeze and funding cuts in 2011, too many Arizonans and my patients were devastated and and real-world health impacts, and we absolutely cannot repeat that. There are reports that there was some haggling over the weekend to move Arizona into the net positive column for block grant funding (meaning we might get some extra money initially); however, all federal block grants for Medicaid/health care would be eliminated in 2027, essentially pulling the rug out from under the state of Arizona and leaving us all in a tremendous financial lurch.


    In addition, this bill provides no funding for recessions, natural disasters, or public health emergencies. It ends federal protections on pre-existing conditions, lifetime caps on benefits, & essential benefits (like your insurance plan covering hospitalizations, etc.). Curious what the end of protections on pre-existing conditions means for your constituents & their families? Has any woman in your family ever had an uncomplicated pregnancy? Estimate is a 425% premium increase (same as if you have heart failure, for a pregnancy without any complications!) Do you have uncomplicated diabetes? That’s a 137% increase (would be much more if you have any diabetes-related complications like eye/kidney/neuropathy). Depression? A 208% increase. Asthma? A 106% increase. Unlucky enough to get cancer? Increase ranges from 705% – 3500% increase (yes, % not dollars) … that’s $28K – $142K in dollars.


    Approximately 50% of States are expected to use the waiver that would allow insurance companies to impose these huge surcharges for pre-existing conditions. What’s even worse is that the waiver text also allows insurance companies to increase premiums at ANY TIME on the basis of “any health status related factor” of an insured member or their dependents (read, they can increase rates as soon as you or your kids get sick, even if you’re already insured!). Let that sink in for a moment. (Text reads “as a condition of enrollment or continued enrollment …” .)


    So, even if our US Senators believe the government should be less involved in health care than it currently is with the ACA, the contents of this bill will harm everyone, privately insured or not. Please discuss this harmful bill with your colleagues on the federal level, Senators McCain and Flake, and urge them to vote NO. Please also discuss with Governor Ducey to request that he also encourage them to vote no. There has to be a better way …


    Thank you!


    Sincerely,

    Christina Bergin, MD
  • commented 2017-08-04 09:07:51 -0700
    Hi Shawn, per your suggestion, I’m sending you some affordable housing links from northern CA: PEPhousing.org Shared-housing.com mercyhousing.org

    scchousingsearch.org Caremgt.com Palo Alto Housing Corp. seniorresource.com. hcd.ca.gov mysourcewise.com. There are several others. The ones listed are just a few for northern CA. Findaffordablehousing.org is a great example of statewide resources. I know we can’t compare w/ CA but we can learn from them and try somewhat to improve housing for all. I also have a few housing developers as well. Many are remodels, renovated apt communities, new developement and growing there but give preference to ones who already live and or work in city or town. All have waiting lists, many are closed to new applicants. Thanks for trying or suggesting this to others possibly in state, local or county areas and maybe there programs starting up and if you ever know who to contact, please let me know. Thanks again for all you do.

    Best Regards, Mary McCabe PC Kokopelli 85044
  • commented 2017-05-25 10:56:55 -0700
    I read the recent article about you in the Republic and wanted to say thank you for all your efforts to serve and to defend public education. I sincerely hope you will continue in the state politics. I know it is very difficult, but it is so important. I believe the tide will turn soon. I am honored to have you as my representative and will support you financially and with volunteer work.
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  • commented 2017-05-21 17:28:37 -0700
    On May 14, 2017, I read the newspaper article about you. Please don’t give up. It’s got to be discouraging to fight the Republicans daily, but we need you to stay in the Senate. We also need more like you so that we can start to get some good policies and laws in Az.
  • commented 2017-05-19 10:05:53 -0700
  • commented 2017-05-19 10:02:34 -0700
    Dear Senator Bowie,


    We read the Sunday AZ Republic article about you and were so impressed by all the hard work you have been doing as a new state senator. As Arizona residents, we are so grateful for the courage you have shown in fighting for education in our state. You are the type of legislator that the students, parents, and educators of Arizona so desperately need and deserve at a time when our public education system is under attack and so poorly funded Politicians like you give us hope that someone is representing our children, who are the future of our state. Please do not get discouraged or give up, despite the majority opposition that you face at the State Capitol. Two thumps up, Senator Bowie, and thank you again for fighting the good fight!


    Sincerely yours,


    Ken and Mary Brown
  • commented 2017-05-16 18:28:37 -0700
    Hello Mr. Bowie,

    I saw an article in the paper about you this weekend. Thank you for being the voice of education. Although at time it might seem like a you are not making change please don’t give up. You are the voice of educators, parents and students. Our students deserve better and we can never give up on them. I read a quote that says, Good things come to those who believe. Better things come to those who are patient and the best things come to those that don’t give up.

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