Council Supports Gov. Doug Ducey’s Signing of SB1085
The Arizona Technology Council, along with a group of local associations and business leaders, were able to successfully lobby support for the bill introduced by State Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, SB1085. This legislation enables tens of thousands of Arizonans to obtain quality and affordable health coverage.
SB1085 is a HUGE win for Arizona families by allowing greater access to quality, affordable healthcare. Please join us in thanking Alma Hernandez and Robert Meza for their dedicated support…contact them today:
Alma Hernandez was born and raised on the south side of Tucson. She is the youngest legislator in Arizona at 25 and serves on the Health and Human Services and Federal Relations committees. She is a proud product of Sunnyside School District’s Public Schools, Alma earned a Bachelor of Science and Master’s in Public Health at the University of Arizona. She has further Public Health training from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At home in Tucson, Alma has worked with Powersource Tucson as the program coordinator of Bridging the Gap, a program that is helping women living with HIV/AIDS. Most recently she led Arizonans United for Healthcare working to defeat the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. In this role, Alma organized protests in Tucson and Washington DC representing the underserved, uninsured and underrepresented of our home town.
Senator Robert Meza was elected to his first term in the Arizona State Senate in 2010. Prior to his election as a State Senator, Robert served four terms in the Arizona House of Representatives serving Legislative District 14. Currently, Robert sits on three standing committees: Commerce and Workforce Development, Government, and Natural Resourcesy. Robert earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and continues to be a strong proponent of affordable education throughout Arizona. Robert also focuses his legislative efforts on social issues such as affordable health care, immigration, and equality of opportunity regardless of race, sex and economic class.
AHPs give employer groups and associations greater flexibility in designing health insurance plans to meet the needs of their members at lower costs. The lower costs of health insurance will lead participating small businesses to provide more generous overall compensation packages to their employees, a critical factor in helping technology companies acquire talent.
“The rising cost of health insurance is one of the biggest challenges facing our smaller member companies and startups,” said Steven G. Zylstra, the Council’s president and CEO. “The signing of SB1085 is a critical step towards overcoming this issue. The Council would like to thank Governor Ducey, Sen. Brophy McGee, and legislators on both side of the aisle for their support and votes to pass this legislation.”