Rep. Heather Carter (R-Cave Creek) champions a three-part holistic approach for Arizona: the importance of health care for Arizona’s economy, the need for a strong education system, and the symbiotic relationship between those two sectors.
During a recent panel presented by the Arthritis Foundation, Carter referred to health care as “the economic engine” of Arizona’s future. If the state wants to turn its economy around, she posited, “Health care in Arizona was one of the few Industry sectors that actually sustained, if not increased, during the economic downturn.”
Despite the growth in both health care and population, Arizona still experiences a shortage of physicians, partly due to lack of residencies for medical graduates.
“We train students in Arizona in our state schools … built and paid for by our tax payers then we have to ship them to another state to get their training,” Carter said. “Then they rarely come back. It’s extremely cost ineffective to not be able to train them where they’re educated.”
Carter urges the business community to reach out to legislators regarding medical residency. More doctors in Arizona would benefit consumers and stimulate the state’s economy. When businesses across all sectors consider relocating or expanding, health care and education are top considerations. Strengthening Arizona’s health care sector isn’t just smart business, she noted; it benefits the entire community.
“We want to make this place a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire,” said Carter. “We can do this with the help of health care because it is truly an economic engine. It’s not just about us being able to go to the doctor. It’s about high paying quality jobs that people stay in for long periods of time.”
PHOENIX (AP) — Some Arizona lawmakers and physicians are raising a red flag about a bill that would allow optometrists to prescribe some drugs that is set for a vote in the Senate.
Opponents of the bill called it dangerous at a Wednesday press briefing. Republican Rep.Heather Carter of Cave Creek and Sen. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City say the bill allowing the non-physicians who examine patients for eye problems and glasses was rammed through the Senate.
Senators approved House Bill 2380 on a 20-7 vote Wednesday. An earlier version failed in a House committee, but its language was added to an unrelated bill in the House by Republican Sen. Nancy Barto.
The bill now returns to the House where Carter was trying to gather enough votes to kill the bill.
Carter and Ward say they believe letting optometrists prescribe certain medications puts patients at risk because they don’t have the training to properly monitor for adverse reactions. Ward is a physician.
HB2605, A bill aimed at providing Arizona teachers suicide prevention training was unanimously approved Thursday in the Senate Education Committee. Representative Heather Carter says her bill HB2605 would provide a community involvement approach to the problem.
“While the teachers are not going to be mandated to take this training, I do believe it will help increase a level of awareness, and then specifically within the training, much of the training says you’ve got to reach out to the parent,” Carter said.
HB2605 is being championed by LeAnn Hull, who says her relatively happy, high-achieving so Andy never exhibited any sign he planned to take his own life. Hull says she learned her son was being bullied by a teacher and had been unable to get out of her class. The measure now goes to the Senate Government Committee.
Effective partnerships with the local offices of elected officials around the United States are important for all NCIV member organizations. Visits to the offices of elected officials are often an important part of an International Visitor’s (IV) program. Meeting IVs is often of great interest to lawmakers and their staff. Providing elected officials with the oportunity to meet IVs allows elected leaders to see the benefits of exchange programs and secures their continued support. “I have seen this time and again,” notes Kyle Moyer, NCIV Board Member and Chair of the NCIV Advocacy Committee, “getting International Visitors in the door can really turn a legislator into a champion. The IVs are the best advocacy our network can leverage.” Continue reading