Phoenix Evening Community Team

The Phoenix Evening Team is continuing their study of Making Democracy Work. LWVMP Phx Evening Team studies health care issues, invites speakers and registers voters.

Upcoming Meeting Info

The Phoenix Evening Team usually meets the third Thursday of the month.

All Are Invited!

Please Join Us for a Joint Meeting with LWV-Metro Phoenix and LWV-NW Maricopa County

Health Care Updates:
What We Need to Know Now
Thursday, March 22, 2018
6PM — Pizza
7PM — Presentations and Discussion

Dr. Michelle Dorsey: The Crisis in Pharmaceutical Costs
Mary Ellen Cunningham: Why are Arizona Children Dying?
Jana Lynn Granillo: AHCCCS (AZ’s Medicaid) and the AZ Medicaid Waiver
Carol Mattoon: Update - Planning for the Health Care Caucus LWV - 2018 National Convention

RSVP to Bonnie Saunders before the

Unitarian Church 17540 Ave of the Arts, Surprise, AZ 85378

Email Michelle

News & Events

  • June, 2017 Minutes
    Just in case you missed the meeting or want to read the details, you can read them here…

    LWVMP-Evening Community Team
    Healthcare Update 6/15/17

    Marjorie Dion, NWMC
    Valerie Eileen, NWMC
    Charlie Eileen, NWMC
    Barbara Robertson
    Tony Dorsey
    Michelle Dorsey
    Judy Sirkis
    Anne Pyron
    Barb Kain
    Jana Lynn Granillo
    Eileen Millington
    Marcy Henderson
    Marie Wolf
    Lynn Hoffman
    Linda Baugh

    LWV has long standing position on HC. We support affordable, quality HC for all. This includes a basic level of care. NWMC/MP currently preparing an issue analysis-resource guide for health issues. Plan to share in AZ and beyond. Currently-AHCA has passed house, it is a reconciliation bill. Only contains those aspects that affect budget. Only needs 50 votes to pass. HHS Tom Price can also make administrative changes.
    ACA provided insurance markets, Medicaid expansion, consumer protections, individual mandate, raised taxes, reforms to Medicare. On exchanges, you could qualify for subsidies-tax credit for premium, if between 100-400% of FPL. Under AHCA subsidies aren’t based on income, but are based on age, and above 150% FPL. Get between $2k-4k depending on age, more if older. Cost sharing subsidies-deductibles, copays and out of pocket-eliminated in AHCA. Consumer protections in ACA-pre-existing conditions, stopped lifetime limits, defined essential benefits, cap on profits of insurance company, 3:1 ratio in increased premiums on elderly, kids can stay on insurance until 26. In AHCA-cannot exclude preexisting conditions, still cover to 26, age rating goes to 5:1 unless states do something different, 30% charge if you have a gap in coverage.
    Individual mandate-required to provide insurance as an employer and individuals have to buy, with option to use the exchange. Penalty if otherwise. AHCA-mandate is repealed. IRS is not going to enforce penalty (already happening now).
    Pre-existing conditions-27% of adults under 65 affected. State can request a waiver if gap in coverage for 63 days, and charge you more. Waiver requires creation of a high-risk pool. States can also have a waiver of the requirement to provide essential health benefit or can redefine what is essential. This means low premiums but skimpy coverage-higher out of pocket.
    $138B over 10 years for Patient and State Stability Fund. States can use for subsidizing premiums, pre-existing conditions, paying for MH. Much falls on the state-will require advocacy at state level for spending. AHCCCS/Medicaid spending is $12B in a single year (for whole US, 75% paid by feds). This is insufficient funding for both.
    Medicaid expansion-funding and eligibility under ACA. For those earning up to 138% of FPL. 37 states applied for expansion including AZ. $70M (1 in 5) people in US get Medicaid. AZ 1.9M people on AHCCCS and CHIP (27% or 1 in 4 in AZ). 14% in AZ on Medicare. AHCA converts Medicaid to a per capita cap. Caps amount of money given to each state-would affect low income people particularly. Could have more people enrolled than the fed govt will fund. State can also elect a block grant-have more flexibility in how they can spend. States can require people to work to be eligible. Repeals essential health benefits-states can decide what is “essential”. No Planned Parenthood funding for a year.
    Taxes-raises on health industry and high income earners are what paid for ACA. AHCA repeals all of them. CBO report-deficit would be reduced by $119B-due primarily to cuts in Medicaid and tax credits. Decrease in Medicaid spending $834B, with a revenue decrease due to repeal of taxes of $664B. So they are cutting taxes for wealthy by taking funds from Medicaid-“ income transfer program”. By 2026, 51M will be uninsured compared with 28M who would lack insurance under current law. Also, repealing Medicare payroll tax will mean Medicare part A will be insolvent 3 years earlier-2025 instead of 2028.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Michelle Dorsey, MD

  • May, 2017 Minutes
    Just in case you missed the meeting or want to read the details, you can read them here…

    LWV Evening CT Meeting 5/18/2017 @ 6 PM
    National Popular Vote Presentation by John Purchase

    Ginger Lane
    Dawn Stilson
    Eliane Purchase
    John Purchase
    Michelle Dorsey
    Tony Dorsey
    Denise Sanderson
    Joan kelchner
    Lissa Klechner
    Alice Stambaugh
    Carl Stambaugh
    Lee Ann Rezac

    John Purchase gave his talk on “National Popular Vote, Why Should I Care?”
    State legislators appoint the electoral college which votes for candidates. Majority of 538 votes are needed to win. The constitution allows the State to decide on the electors. The college was formed to allowed states to maintain power, and was intended as a deliberative body to select the president, not intended for the general population to directly elect the president. NPV is an interstate compact that would guarantee the president to the candidate that receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and D.C. It takes effect when passed by states with a total of 270 electoral votes. As of March, 165 votes have already committed to join the compact. This is a contract which is strongly protected by the constitution. Congress has to consent to an interstate compact. The winner take all approach to presidential elections is due to state law. Current practices allow 4/5ths of voters to be ignored, with swing states getting all the attention. 94% of post-convention visits went to 12 states, with 2/3 of events in just 6 states. In Feb 2016, NPV was passed in state house with strong bipartisan support. It did not receive a hearing in Senate. As a result, we need to speak up in order to get it heard in 2018. A spirited discussion of NPV and other options (constitutional amendment, article V constitutional convention, etc) ensued.

    Meeting adjourned at 7:45 PM
    Respectfully submitted:
    Michelle Dorsey

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