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Healthcare Rising Arizona is made up of healthcare workers, consumers and patients who are dedicated to better healthcare for all Arizonans. One of our first steps is the Stop Surprise Billing and Protect Patients Act. We are working to get this important initiative on the ballot in November, so voters have the opportunity to make the choice to improve healthcare in our state.
The Stop Surprise Billing and Protect Patients Act, would do four things:
Get infections under control
It improves patient safety by requiring private hospitals to meet national standards for infection control, and gives the state Department of Health Services the authority to impose civil penalties if hospitals fail to meet those standards.
Protect people with pre-existing conditions
It bans discrimination against patients based on pre-existing conditions so people in Arizona can get the life-saving care they need and insurance companies cannot deny them coverage or charge them outrageous premiums and co-pays.
Stop surprise billing
It protects Arizonans against surprise medical bills for emergency care and ambulances, and from surprise bills they receive when they go to a health care facility in their insurance network but are treated by an out-of-network provider.
Ensure we have the most experienced and skilled healthcare workers
It adequately pays the hospital workers we rely on so we can recruit and retain the best health professionals. This includes but is not limited to nurses, aides, technicians, janitorial and housekeeping staff, social workers, and non-managerial administrative staff.