Health Insurance Info - Important Changes!

April 13, 2020

To: Legislative District 28 Constituents

From: State Representative Kelli Butler

 

Friends –

I hope you and your family are staying safe and staying home to protect your health and the health of everyone in our community.

As the ranking member on the House Health and Human Services Committee, I have always made it a priority to focus on understanding our health system and health insurance options. Now, as we live through this national crisis, it is more apparent than ever that access to quality, affordable healthcare is a critical part of our public policy discussions. There is some good news. If your job situation or insurance coverage has changed recently, especially due to the COVID19 crisis, you may have insurance options you haven’t previously considered. 

 


MEDICAID / AHCCCS

If you’ve lost all or a large part of your income, you may qualify for comprehensive health insurance through the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), which is our Medicaid program in Arizona. It is important to note, if you lost your job and receive unemployment benefit payments, those payments DO NOT affect your AHCCCS eligibility. The one-time $1,200 federal stimulus payment also will not affect your AHCCCS eligibility. Do not use those payment amounts in calculating your income for purposes of eligibility. Here are examples of income eligibility limits for an adult applying for AHCCCS: 

 

If you have children, they may qualify for our Children’s Health Insurance Program, which is called KidsCare in Arizona. The income eligibility for KidsCare is higher than for adult coverage through AHCCCS – so your children might qualify for KidsCare even if you earn too much to qualify for AHCCCS.  Go to www.healthearizonaplus.gov for more information about eligibility for AHCCCS and KidsCare.


 


AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA) MARKETPLACE

If you previously had health insurance, but LOST your coverage due to job or income changes, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace. This Special Enrollment Period is only available to you for 60 days after losing your insurance coverage, or, if you have advance notice, up to 60 days before you lose coverage. Many people who buy individual insurance through the ACA marketplace qualify for subsidies to make the insurance more affordable. For example, a family of four can make up to $100,000 per year and qualify for financial help to make a plan more affordable. Click here for information about income levels that qualify for subsidies. 

If you currently have insurance through the ACA marketplace and your income has changed, you should update your application. If your income has been reduced, you may qualify for additional savings.

For more information and personalized help shopping for insurance on the ACA marketplace, contact www.coveraz.org.

 


COBRA – (acronym for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act)

If you’ve lost your employer-sponsored health insurance, you may have the option of paying to continue that coverage for yourself and your dependents through COBRA. Check with your employer to learn more. Insurance coverage through COBRA is often quite expensive, so you should also check the ACA marketplace to find out if you qualify for a subsidy to make coverage more affordable.

 


While you’re considering insurance options, be very cautious. Unfortunately, during the 2019 legislative session, every member of the majority party voted to expand “junk insurance” in Arizona, which has opened the door to many new companies and aggressive marketing tactics. These plans, which can include Short-Term and Association Health Plans, are characterized as “junk insurance” because they can offer very limited benefits and often contain many loopholes and hidden exclusions. A recent investigation found misleading claims, inaccuracies and outright false statements by people selling Short-Term, Limited Duration insurance plans.

I will continue to work on legislation to expand options for quality, affordable insurance in Arizona. I’ve sponsored bills to allow individuals the option to purchase their insurance through our state’s AHCCCS program. I introduced a bill to expand eligibility for children to enroll in our KidsCare program -- Arizona is currently one of the worst states for income eligibility for KidsCare, while we have one of the highest percentages of uninsured children in the nation. Unfortunately, those bills were not assigned to committee or debated in the House this session. I’ve also worked with legislators in both parties to expand AHCCCS coverage for pregnant mothers to allow them to receive dental care during their pregnancy. This year, the bill passed the House with bipartisan support, but did not receive a hearing in the Senate prior to our extended recess.

The current health crisis highlights what we’ve long known -- everyone deserves to have access to quality, affordable care for themselves and for their family. But health isn’t simply an individual concern. When people in our community are sick and unable to receive treatment, we are all at risk. This crisis has given us an opportunity to reflect on our values and to focus on solutions. I am eager to get back to work at the legislature, and hopeful we will use this opportunity to better evaluate the broad range of programs and resources we can use to improve our access to health care.

Take care -

Kelli Butler, State Representative

Legislative District 28

(602) 926-5156

kbutler@azleg.gov

 

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Economic Resources for Small Business, Sole Proprietors, Contract Workers

April 2, 2020

To: Legislative District 28 Constituents

From: State Representatives Kelli Butler and Aaron Lieberman

UPDATE for small businesses (defined as those with less than 500 employees), sole proprietors and independent contractors:

The Small Business Administration has a number of programs to help access funds as quickly as possible to help meet your immediate obligations. Here is some general information about two important programs, although there are others available on the SBA website.

 

AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW:

The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program is underway and applications are now being accepted on the SBA website

The EIDL program can give you access to an Emergency Economic Injury Grant, which is a $10,000 advance that does not need to be repaid. The SBA indicated this grant money can be available within three days of the application. The EIDL program also gives you access to a long-term loan that must be repaid, but under very favorable terms and interest rates. 

 

AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS STARTING FRIDAY, APRIL 3:

The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a different loan program, which can be utilized as a short-term bridge in addition to the Emergency Economic Injury Grant, above. The PPP debt can be forgiven if used to pay for employee salaries and compensation, rent and/or utilities during an 8-week period after the origination of the loan. Here’s a fact sheet from the US Treasury Department.

Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program are available, beginning on the following dates:

April 3, 2020 for small businesses and sole proprietorships;

April 10, 2020 for independent contractors and self-employed individuals.

Here is a list of active SBA lenders in Arizona who can help you access the PPP loan beginning on Friday, April 3. These loans are available on a first come, first served basis, so please act fast to apply. 

The Arizona Commerce Authority has additional information about these federal programs as well as state and local resources available to help your business and employees during this crisis. 

Representative Lieberman and I are business owners ourselves and we understand the stress and uncertainty we’re all facing. The most important thing we can do right now is to limit public interaction and reduce the spread of COVID-19. We will have the ability to restore our businesses and repair our economy later, but only if we stay healthy. Thank you for doing your part.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need additional information. Like you, we are learning as we go but we want to help you access information as quickly as it’s available.

Sincerely,

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Kelli Butler

Arizona State Representative, Legislative District 28

(602) 926-5156

kbutler@azleg.gov

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Aaron Lieberman

Arizona State Representative, Legislative District 28

(602) 926-3300

alieberman@azleg.gov

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COVID-19 and CARES Act resources

March 29, 2020

To: Legislative District 28 Constituents

From: State Representatives Kelli Butler and Aaron Lieberman

 

Friends, 

Representative Aaron Lieberman and I continue to research federal and state measures available to help people and businesses during this COVID-19 crisis. We hope you and your family are staying safe, staying home and staying informed.

Our Arizona State House of Representatives policy staff created an excellent summary of the federal $2 trillion CARES Act, which was signed into law on Friday, March 27, 2020.  We have posted the summary to our individual websites - here is the link to my webpage with more information.

NPR also produced a great top-level summary of the federal changes.  Some highlights:

  • Most individuals earning less than $75,000 can expect a cash payment of $1,200. Married couples would each receive a check and families an additional $500 per child.
  • For unemployment benefits, the bill adds $600 per week from the federal government on top of whatever base amount an unemployed person receives from the state. That boosted payment will last for four months. (Current AZ max rate is $250, which happens to be the 2nd lowest amount in the country.)
  • Gig workers and Freelancers: Typically, self-employed people, freelancers and contractors can't apply for unemployment. This bill creates a new, temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program through the end of this year to help people who lose work as a direct result of the emergency.
  • For small businesses: emergency grants and a forgivable loan program for companies with 500 or fewer employees. The bill provides $10 billion for grants of up to $10,000 to provide emergency funds for small businesses to cover immediate operating costs.

For small businesses impacted by the health crisis, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) implemented an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, which applies to companies with 500 or fewer employees. Click here for more information from the SBA. If you believe your business may qualify for SBA loan programs, you’re encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible.

While our first priority is making sure our community is healthy, we are also very concerned about the health of our state’s economy. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a number of helpful resources in its Coronavirus Small Business Guide.

Governor Ducey has issued a number of Executive Orders, providing new state regulation and guidance during this declared health emergency. These orders include the expansion of telemedicine availability, prohibition on evictions and improvements to unemployment insurance availability. You can find them all listed here.

We are pleased to share that the Arizona Community Foundation has established a relief fund specifically for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, schools, faith-based organizations, Tribal entities and occasionally to government agencies. More info can be found here.  

We know this is an incredibly stressful time as we worry about our health and our community. We’ve been so heartened to hear many positive stories about helpers during this crisis -- a favorite: Arcadia neighborhood’s O.H.S.O. Brewery converted from making beer to making hand sanitizer for our hospitals. We are grateful for all who are doing what they can to help!

We’re here to help too! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to either of us if there is anything we can do to connect you with information or services.

And remember: please stay home! Some people can be contagious and spread the virus to others, but have no symptoms themselves. We all need to self-quarantine as much as possible -- it’s the best thing you can do to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. 

Sincerely,

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Kelli Butler

Arizona State Representative, Legislative District 28

(602) 926-5156

kbutler@azleg.gov

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Aaron Lieberman

Arizona State Representative, Legislative District 28

(602) 926-3300

alieberman@azleg.gov

 

 

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COVID19 Resources

COVID-19 RESOURCES:

 

HEALTH INFORMATION:

Arizona Department of Health Services - includes state related information about the illness and where to get a test.

https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-home

Hotline - 1-844-542-8201

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - federal information on the COVID-19 crisis.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

 


HOUSING, FOOD AND NECESSITIES:

AZ Department of Economic Security (DES) Services – DES has set up a specific COVID-19 page with information and phone numbers. Please note that information for unemployment insurance benefits are provided on this website.

These services include unemployment insurance benefits, services for the developmentally disabled, the Arizona early intervention program, cash, medical and nutrition assistance (food stamps), child case assistance, short-term crisis service and mortgage assistance.               

https://des.az.gov/services/coronavirus

 

Health-e-Arizona PLUS – Online application for nutrition assistance (food stamps), Medicaid (AHCCCS) and cash assistance.

https://www.healthearizonaplus.gov/Default/Default.aspx#

Telephone assistance for the application - 1-855-432-7587

 

Arizona 211 – Arizona 211 has compiled a great list of resources in one place. Individuals can either call 211 from their phone or browse their website.

https://211arizona.org/

 

Community Action Agencies (CAA) – CAAs offer a wide variety of services including rental assistance and general casework.

https://des.az.gov/services/basic-needs/community-action-agencies

 

The Senior Help Line – The Senior Help Line is the top resource for Arizona’s seniors and elderly. The hotline operates 24/7 and has a great library of resources to pull from.

https://www.aaaphx.org/program-services/24-hour-senior-help-line/

24/7 Hotline Number - 602-264-4357

 

Food banks – This is a directory of food banks provided through the Arizona Food Bank Network.

http://www.azfoodbanks.org/index.php/foodbank/

 

Utilities and bill pay – Many utilities are offering assistance with bills including delayed shut offs for people who can’t afford to pay. You will need to call each specific company and inquire about what may be available to assist you.

SRP - https://www.srpnet.com/about/customer-assistance.aspx- 602-236-8888

APS - https://www.aps.com/en/About/Our-Company/Our-Commitment-to-Safety/COVID-19 - 602-371-7171

 

Eviction assistance – The Arizona Department of Housing offers limited eviction assistance in certain zip codes, please refer to this website for further information.

https://housing.az.gov/general-public/eviction-prevention-assistance

 

Arizona landlord/tenant program – The landlord tenant program is provided through the City of Phoenix.

https://www.phoenix.gov/nsd/programs/landlord-tenant-counseling

 


EDUCATION INFORMATION AND FOOD SERVICES THROUGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS:

Public Schools – The AZ Department of Education has guidance for parents and schools on their website.

https://www.azed.gov/communications/2020/03/10/guidance-to-schools-on-covid-19/

 

All public schools in District 28 are providing food services for any child under 18 years old. Please see specific district websites for details:

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 28 PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT INFORMATION:

Phoenix Union High School 

Glendale Unified School District

Paradise Valley Unified School District

Scottsdale Unified School District

Washington Elementary School District

Madison Elementary School District

Creighton School District

 


OTHER GOVERNMENT RESOURCES:

The Governor’s Office – For questions specific to what the Governor is doing or Governor’s executive orders, please refer them to the Governor’s website.

https://azgovernor.gov/

 

City of Phoenix - information about impacted services;

https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054

 

Small businesses in need of help – The Arizona Commerce Authority has set up a webpage with business specific resources.

https://www.azcommerce.com/covid-19/

 


FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RESPONSE:

What is the federal government doing? – For any questions related to the federal government and any aid they may approve, please contact your Congressional members. Please note that until a bill passes at the federal level, agencies don’t know how it’ll affect benefits including social security, Medicaid and food stamps.

Arizona Senators:

Senator Sinema - https://www.sinema.senate.gov/

Senator McSally - https://www.mcsally.senate.gov/

 

U.S. Congressmen serving the Arizona State Legislative District 28 area:

Congressman Greg Stanton (CD9): https://stanton.house.gov/covid-19-resources

Congressman David Schweikert (CD6): https://schweikert.house.gov/novel-coronavirus-resources-and-information





ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

MVD, my driver’s license is expiring –Here is text from the MVD website:

“Driver License renewal requirements are extended six months from the expiration date for all Arizona driver licenses and driving permits that expire between March 1, 2020 and September 1, 2020.

For example, if a driver license expires on March 20, 2020, the new expiration date will be September 20, 2020.

Requirements to submit a medical clearance card for a commercial driver license are extended until September 1, 2020.”

Full text can be found here:

https://azdot.gov/motor-vehicle-services

 

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Staying Alive?!

Dear Friends,

We are now through five weeks of the current legislative session; this coming week, Week #6, all bills must be heard in committee in order to “stay alive” in the legislative process.  The committee agendas will be long, but it is important to pay attention, as there are some terrible bills that should be stopped, and some quality bills that we would like to see passed out of committee.

As ranking member of the House Health and Human Services Committee, I am responsible for keeping members of my caucus informed on potential legislation impacting health. Unfortunately, the bills I introduced that would have made a real difference in the lives of Arizonans by increasing access to quality, affordable health care were not included on any of this session's agendas, which are set at the sole discretion of the Committee Chairperson.  

  • HB2596 would have doubled the number of children eligible for affordable insurance through KidsCare by simply raising the income eligibility limit to the U.S. median level. Arizona has the third worst rate of uninsured children, and HB2596 would have provided the opportunity for up to 30,000 new families to obtain quality, low cost coverage at a cost of just $11 million to our state. 
  • HB2427 would have allowed individuals the option to purchase comprehensive insurance, using their own money, through our state’s Medicaid program.
  • HB2788 would have required all Arizona insurers to issue a health insurance policy providing essential benefits and comprehensive protections despite any diagnosis of a preexisting condition. Additionally, HB2788 would have addressed premium costs by requiring premium rate controls.  Interestingly, there is a Republican bill that is still “alive” that addresses coverage of preexisting conditions, but Republic columnist Robert Robb calls it “an empty gesture.

I am pleased that “mirror” bills of a measure I first introduced in the House four years ago to provide dental benefits for pregnant women receiving health care through AHCCCS have passed unanimously out of the Senate Health Committee as SB1170 and out of the House Health Committee as HB2727.  I hope the majority party leadership continues to allow these important public health bills to move through the system. I will update you.

I will also keep you informed on the majority party’s troubling push to continue to expand education vouchers, restrict voter rights, irresponsibly limit state revenue, and restrict rights of various groups of people by preventing cities and towns from directly addressing problems in their own communities.

Even though the 2018 elections brought us just one vote short of a bipartisan 30-30 tie in the State House (with the election of four additional Democrats, including Rep. Aaron Lieberman in LD28!), the majority party is still very much in charge at all levels.  As you know, the bills they allow to have hearings, and those they choose not to debate, clearly establish their agenda for our state's future. That can change, of course, this November. 

My priority continues to be fully funding public education, increasing access to affordable, quality healthcare, keeping our families safe, and strengthening our economy by investing in economic opportunities and infrastructure. It is so important that you stay engaged in both the activity at the state capitol and in the campaigns this year for control of our state legislature.

My ability to win re-election to the State House is essential. I hope you will support my campaign, either as a donor or a volunteer -- or both! I still need petition signatures to qualify for the ballot too.

Thank you! I appreciate your help.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

CLICK TO SIGN MY ONLINE PETITION

Kelli Butler

State Representative, District 28

(602) 509-2790 cell

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Half full... or half empty?

As the second week of the new legislative session ends, I see a glass that is both half full -- and half empty. 

We anticipate another state budget surplus of nearly $1 billion, and the Governor indicated in his proposed 2021 budget that he wants to allocate considerable new funding for public education.  Funding is proposed to go to additional counselors and to fully restore District Additional Assistance (DAA) for district and charter schools, which covers capital needs such as technology, desks, building repairs and textbooks.  DAA funds, which are part of the school funding formula, were cut severely during the recession, and our schools paid a price.  Since 2009, schools have lost out on over $2 billion in DAA funds, leaving them unable to purchase updated materials, maintain aging buildings or replace old school buses. While this year's restoration of DAA funds is a very positive step, it still does not provide enough to address all deferred projects and critical needs that accumulated since the Great Recession.

The Governor’s budget would also invest some much-needed funds in community colleges and state universities, and one-time revenues would be used to replace several bridges in rural Arizona and widen I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson.

It’s a good start, and there will be bipartisan support for many of the Governor’s proposals, but these investments still do not restore per pupil funding for K-12 to pre-recession levels.  Population increases and the cost of inflation require a greater commitment to our public schools that will require additional, sustainable and equitable funding.  Access to affordable, quality healthcare for all Arizonans remains another elusive goal.  And we now know that we must also prioritize the critical needs for more affordable housing and ground water management.  Unfortunately, the Governor’s budget misses the opportunity to take more meaningful steps and make more long-term investments.

As the session continues through these next few months, I look forward to robust debates over our varying legislative and budget priorities and I will keep you informed on any important developments.

I am ranking member of the House Health and Human Services Committee and I invite you to sit in on any of our committee hearings, scheduled at 9 am every Thursday.  Spending time at the Capitol is always a learning experience and while you are there, you can sign up for Request to Speak in the lobby of the House of Representatives, which will allow you to weigh in on bills online from your home.

I have re-introduced my bill to offer affordable healthcare to individuals through our state Medicaid program but it has not yet been assigned to committee.  I continue to advocate for my proposed legislation that could double the number of children eligible for affordable insurance through KidsCare, but so far, the majority party appears uninterested in any expansion of the program.  Stay tuned!

I take my role as your state representative very seriously and I have been honored to serve for the past three years. I am running for re-election in 2020 and hope I have earned your continued support. I need hundreds of LD28 voters to sign my online petition to qualify me for the ballot -- you can help by clicking this link to sign my petition online. You'll need your driver's license and you will be offered the opportunity to sign petitions for all candidates you're eligible to support.

Thank you!

Representative Kelli Butler

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Serious health and safety concerns

We all know there is a teacher shortage in Arizona. We’ve heard our prisons can’t find enough corrections officers and the Department of Child Safety needs caseworkers.

We’ve heard the reasons, too. Pay is low and budget cuts mean class sizes are too large, prison guards feel unsafe and social workers have unmanageable caseloads.

And last week I heard more troubling news – the Arizona Department of Health Services doesn’t have the staff necessary to conduct timely investigations of complaints against long-term care facilities. Some uninvestigated complaints alleging abuse and neglect of nursing home residents have been ignored, in fact, for more than two years, according to a recent Auditor General review of the Arizona Department of Health Services. 

As the Ranking Member on the House Health Committee, I attended the Senate Health Committee of Reference hearing last week, scheduled to review the Auditor General’s report. I expected to hear directly from ADHS about their plans to correct this serious lack of oversight. This Committee of Reference is a special type of hearing held when the legislature is not in session, in part because they require adequate time and attention to be completely diligent and thorough, and they conclude with a recommendation to either continue, revise, consolidate, or terminate the agency under review.

In its written response to the Auditor General’s report, the ADHS indicated they would need 44 additional staff members to conduct needed investigations, but would allocate just two. It was frankly shocking that during the Senate's investigative hearing, there was no opportunity given for committee members to ask any questions of ADHS. The stated reason: there wasn’t enough time. Instead, the Senate Health Committee chair and her three colleagues voted to proceed and approve the continuation of the Dept. of Health Services through 2028. During their votes, every Democratic member explained they could not vote to continue the agency without adequate answers to these significant safety concerns. We should all be concerned that the committee was denied the opportunity to fulfill their mission – to thoroughly investigate the Auditor General’s report and learn how ADHS intends to ensure the safety of residents in nursing homes in Arizona. Despite no assurance that adequate steps will be taken to keep vulnerable people in long-term care facilities safe, the motion to continue the agency passed on a 4-3 party-line vote.

Voting NO was a drastic move, but warranted, I believe.

Each of us who serves in the State Legislature has an obligation to ensure state services like education and health care are adequately funded and infrastructure maintained. Safety must always be a priority.

I am concerned that budget cuts have compromised our ability to do our jobs. Indiscriminate cuts to vital programs create obvious risks to public health and safety.  It’s important to note that since 2008, our state’s population has grown by 14 percent, but we have seen a cut of 15 percent in the total number of government employees in Arizona. We all want cost-effective and efficient government services, but we must have honest, bipartisan discussions as to how best to provide those services.  Our job as legislators is to hold agencies accountable and to insist on the transparent use of our tax dollars.

I am just beginning my campaign for re-election and I am asking for your help.  I am hopeful that there will be more balance in state leadership following the 2020 elections and I look forward to crafting budgets and overseeing state agencies in ways that will serve you and your families well.

Thank you!

 

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Protect Our Arizona Military Service Members and Veterans

Arizona has an obligation to protect military service members and veterans from financial predators. I've sponsored legislation to ensure that those who protect our country are also protected from predatory loans and schemes that put both military families and our nation's military operations at risk. Financial trouble follows a family for years, and it can also put a service member's military security clearance at risk. 

The legislation I've sponsored will reinforce vital financial protections -- please read the message I sent to the Arizona Speaker of the House, Rep. Rusty Bowers, and to the Chairman of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, Rep. Jay Lawrence, below.

If you would like to help encourage Speaker Bowers and Chairman Lawrence to support this legislation, please consider sending them an email.

Speaker Bowers: RBowers@azleg.gov

Chairman Lawrence: JLawrence@azleg.gov

Subject: Please Support Our Military with HB2458 and HB2459.

 

This is the message I sent to Speaker Bowers, Chairman Lawrence and Mr. Hunter, the House Chief of Staff:

 

February 1, 2019

 

Speaker Bowers, Rep. Lawrence and Mr. Hunter -

I've sponsored two bills that I want to bring to your attention:

HB2458 consumer credit lending; military members

HB2459 DFI; examinations; military lending act

I introduced these bills because the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has weakened oversight and protection against predatory lending for military service members -- a move that has been criticized by the Defense Department, Pentagon and every major group representing military service members. Forty-four state Attorneys General signed on to two separate letters expressing concern, including our own Attorney General Brnovich. 

HB2458 would codify the protections of the Military Lending Act into Arizona statute, AND would add the extension of the same vital protections to veterans one-year post service.

HB2459 would give Arizona's Department of Financial Institutions the ability to examine lenders in Arizona for compliance with the MLA. It is not a mandate for DFI to examine, but gives DFI authority and clarity to do so.

I discussed these bills in the Veterans Caucus this week and there was resounding support. I've attached several articles, below, to highlight the broad concern over the weakening of the federal protections.

I hope you will help these bills get quickly assigned to committee - and hopefully to Rep. Lawrence's Military and Veteran's Affairs committee. 

Thank you very much for your consideration.

 

1 - https://www.americanbanker.com/news/pentagon-others-baffled-by-cfpb-plan-to-cease-military-lending-exams 

2 - https://ncdoj.gov/Files/News/CFPBLetter-reMLA.aspx

3 - https://www.militarytimes.com/pay-benefits/2019/01/31/group-wants-to-force-consumer-agency-to-show-why-it-stopped-monitoring-military-lending-protections/?utm_campaign=Socialflow+MIL&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social

 

Representative Kelli Butler

Legislative District 28 
House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-926-5156 office
kbutler@azleg.gov 
 
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Impossible choices

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Friends -

My husband and I are small business owners of our family’s dental practice. For 26 years, we’ve worked to care for our patients and provide for our employees.

One Saturday morning a few years ago, we got a call from a mother whose 6-year-old daughter had a terrible toothache. Our practice was closed that day, but we agreed to meet them at the office later that morning.   

The little girl was in a lot of pain and she was crying.  Her tooth needed to be pulled, but the family had no insurance. As we explained the process and the cost, the mother’s eyes filled with tears.  She had two younger children who sat quietly nearby.  It was obvious to me this young mother was trying to figure out what her family would have to do without in order to pay for this unexpected necessity. I will never forget the look on her face when we told her we would pull her daughter’s tooth at no charge.

I know we all have to make difficult, sometimes unexpected financial choices. But a young mother choosing between medical care and paying for rent or food for her family is just not right.

Experiences like this shape my decisions at the legislature. As your State Representative, I have sponsored bills to expand access to affordable healthcare for all Arizonans:

  • HB2441 (2018) - Would have protected our state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, KidsCare, from an automatic enrollment freeze if federal funding is reduced by even $1.
  • HB2442 (2017) - Would have provided pregnant women enrolled in our state’s Medicaid program with a dental benefit, which has been shown to improve the health of babies and moms.
  • HB2443 (2018) - Would have allowed individuals the option to purchase their health insurance through our state’s existing Medicaid program, using their own money, if the coverage and cost made sense for their family.

As a member of the House Health Committee and the Banking and Insurance Committee, I am committed to continuing to explore solutions to make health care more accessible and insurance more affordable.

I’m honored to have received the endorsement of respected medical and healthcare associations. They know I work tirelessly to balance the needs of patients and providers, especially in today’s difficult healthcare environment: 

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I need your support to make sure I can return to the Capitol and continue to fight for affordable, accessible health care. Midnight tonight is a critical fundraising deadline. 

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Thank you!

Kelli Butler

State Representative, District 28

(602) 509-2790 cell

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Hit the PAUSE button

Friends -

While national issues swirl endlessly around us, perhaps it’s time to hit the pause button -- to remind ourselves we CAN make a real difference in the outcome of local elections here in Arizona.

And whether it’s education, affordable healthcare or women’s rights, my re-election to the State House matters.

In my first term, I introduced bills that would have offered an affordable healthcare option to individuals and would have provided more oversight to the operation of charter schools in our state.  I offered amendments to the budget that would have increased teacher pay raises and decreased class sizes.  I voted against terrible bills that stripped away a woman’s right to make decisions about her own health.

I’m not giving up.

As your state representative, I will continue to advocate for what’s best for all Arizonans.  But I need your help now.  Donate here.

Early ballots will be mailed in just a few weeks, and I am almost out of yard signs, bumper stickers and t-shirts.  We've already knocked on so many doors we need to reorder our campaign flyers.  With added resources, we will be able to boost our videos on social media.

Donate what you can today and know we are doing all we can to win my race in Legislative District 28.  Arizona’s families are counting on us – and I am counting on you!   

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Thank you for your continued support!

Kelli Butler

State Representative, District 28

(602) 509-2790

 

P.S.   Please visit our campaign office at 10401 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix - east side of 32nd Street, just south of Shea Blvd. We're open Monday - Friday from 10am to 7pm; Saturday from 8:30am to 3:30pm; Sunday from 11-4pm. Stop by and pick up a sign - get one before they're all gone!

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