health


McSally Unveils Legislation to Lower the Cost of Prescription Drugs

PHOENIX, Ariz. — U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) announced Wednesday night that she will introduce legislation next week to lower the cost of prescription drugs for Arizonans. Her bill will significantly lower patients’ out-of-pocket expenses by promoting a more competitive and transparent marketplace for prescription drugs.
 
“I’ve heard from too many Arizonans who have to leave their prescriptions at the counter or ration their medications below what their doctor prescribed because of...

McSally, Bipartisan Group of Senators Call for HHS to Reimburse States, Cities for Coronavirus Efforts

U.S. SENATE—U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) joined a bipartisan group of her colleagues today in calling on the Department of Health and Human Services to establish clear guidelines for how state and local governments will be reimbursed for costs incurred while assisting the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak. 

“We write to ask that your department establish clear guidelines for state and local governments to receive federal reimbursement for costs they incur as part of the federal...

McSally, Sinema, Gallego, and O’Halleran Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Abuse at Residential Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), in coordination with Representatives Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), introduced the Preventing Abuse and Neglect of Vulnerable Americans Act in order to improve quality of care for residents living at Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs/IID).

ICFs/IID are long-term care facilities that serve individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities who are...

McSally Backs Bipartisan Bill to End Surprise Medical Billing

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) announced her support today for bipartisan legislation to end surprise medical billing. The bipartisan STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act, sponsored by Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), would protect patients from surprise medical bills by placing the responsibility for resolving medical bill discrepancies on the health care provider and the insurance company, rather than the patient.

“Arizonans are being overwhelmed with costly medical bills,...

McSally Backs Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Prescription Drug Prices

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) announced her support for bipartisan legislation to lower prescription drug prices today. The bill is sponsored by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR). 

“As I travel around the state, the number one issue on the top of Arizonans’ minds is the rising cost of prescription drugs,” said McSally. “We are at a point where our seniors are forced to choose between buying groceries and buying a...

McSally Partners with Bipartisan Group of Senators to Found Senate ALS Caucus

U.S. SENATE—U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) became a founding member of the bipartisan Senate ALS Caucus this week.

She joined Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) in founding the new caucus. 

“Thousands of...

McSally Calls for Strengthening Medicare Advantage Plans for Arizona Seniors

U.S. SENATE—U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) this week joined Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and 59 other senators in sending a letter to ask the Administration to further strengthen affordable options available to seniors using Medicare Advantage plans for calendar year 2021.

Nearly 490,000 Arizonans were enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in 2018. Thirty-eight percent of Medicare beneficiaries in Arizona were enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in 2018, as compared to...

McSally Urges CDC to Rapidly Detect Coronavirus in Local Communities

U.S. SENATE—U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), along with Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), David Schweikert (R-AZ), Greg Stanton (D-AZ), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) in sending a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to quickly distribute its rapid diagnostic test for novel coronavirus to state and local officials...

McSally, Kaine Introduce Bill to Provide Veterans with Innovative Mental Health Treatment Options

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced a bill today to expand mental health treatment options for veterans to seek innovative therapies to combat PTSD and other mental health issues.

The Veterans Posttraumatic Growth Act requires the VA to conduct a pilot program to study the benefits of nonprofit posttraumatic growth programs relative to traditional models of mental health care. Posttraumatic growth therapy and whole health therapy address many...

McSally Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Chronic Disease Management Effort

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) joined Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) this week to introduce bipartisan legislation to ensure high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) that are used with health savings accounts can cover care related to chronic disease management prior to a beneficiary reaching their plan deductible.

The bill follows the administration’s updated guidance issued by the U...