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Cutting Health Care Costs

Dear Friend,

Too many Arizonans continue to struggle with increasing health care costs. That’s why this week, I introduced bipartisan legislation with Congresswoman Kristi Noem of South Dakota to delay the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) in 2018 and 2019.


The HIT puts a tax on health insurance premiums. Officially, the tax is paid by insurers, but like any tax, the burden truly rests with consumers --- hardworking Arizonans.

Arizonans were spared the HIT in 2017, thanks to a bipartisan delay Congress included in the December 2015 appropriations bill. More relief is needed. An October 2017 report by the research firm Oliver Wyman states that nationally the HIT “will increase premiums by 2.7 percent in 2018, and between 2.6 percent and 2.8 percent in subsequent years.” What that means for Arizonans is a spike in premiums.

Even though health insurance rates have been released for 2018, Arizonans could see a significant benefit from a HIT delay. Our bill requires that to qualify for the delay in 2018, insurers must demonstrate that delay benefits would be passed on to consumers. 

There are many issues Republicans and Democrats disagree on when it comes to healthcare, but one area where you find an astounding degree of bipartisanship is stopping the HIT. This commonsense legislation would provide needed relief to Arizona families, seniors and businesses. 

I am honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Arizona families like yours. We always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues that are important to you. If there is an issue that concerns you, please let us know by clicking this link or by calling our Phoenix office: 602-956-2285. Be sure to stay connected through our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and let us know how we can be of service.

Sincerely,

Kyrsten

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