July 6, 2017

McSally: Health Care Should Meet Arizona's Needs

The Arizona Republican voted for the House health care bill.

McSally Metro Week U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., in studio at Arizona Public Media, July 5, 2017. (PHOTO: Nick O'Gara, AZPM)

As Congress continues to debate the future of the country’s health care policy, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., said she is trying to make sure whatever bill results is in line with Southern Arizonans’ priorities.

McSally voted for the House health care bill after negotiating for changes with her colleagues. She said she got an extra $60 billion dollars into the House version for Medicaid recipients, and another $90 billion in tax credits for those aged 50 to 64 buying insurance on the individual market. She is working in a bipartisan group.

“Identifying what solutions can we have in a bipartisan way to address these challenges, the individual market being one and the Medicaid expansion being two, and that work is ongoing as well,” McSally said.

She would have preferred a two-step process: the individual market as one measure and the Medicaid expansion separately, she said, instead of altogether in one bill.

“This is one piece of legislation and this is one step of a long process, as we’re seeing, related to the legislative process.”

McSally is also meeting with Gov. Doug Ducey about the health care proposals.

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