Arizona’s 54th State Legislative Session: Initiatives that impact clinicians and their patients
AZPulse | Written by: Swapna Reddy, JD, MPH, Matthew Speer, MS, Heather Carter, EdD, Kelli Butler, Daniel Derksen, MD
The 2019 Arizona legislative session recently concluded, and with it came a number of positive changes for physicians and health care providers. Much of the progress this year can be credited to the efforts of organizations like the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA), individual providers and health care systems, patients and their families, health experts, scientists, advocates and of course, legislators who worked tirelessly to help advance several positive, bipartisan measures, and defeat proposals that would likely not advance the overall health of our communities.
In an effort to better understand some key issues impacting physicians in this year’s Legislative Session, ArMA teamed with health policy experts and researchers at Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions, Daniel Derksen from the University of Arizona, Arizona State Senator Heather Carter, and Arizona State Representative Kelli Butler.
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