Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Senate passes bill to make long-term health care more affordable

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – The Senate today passed a bill sponsored by Assistant Minority Leader Steve Farley, D-Tucson (District 28), that would make long-term health care more affordable for middle-class families.

The bill will allow taxpayers to fund a tax-deductible savings account to pay for non-hospital expenses, such as nursing home care, home health care, and assisted or alternative family living. It also would allow taxpayers to take deductions for long-term health care insurance premiums.

“Now that this bill has passed the Senate, we are about two steps away from helping middle-class families by allowing some financial relief,” Farley said. “This will help families better manage medical expenses for themselves and the seniors they love.”

HB 2713 passed the Senate 28-1 and now goes back to the House for a final vote before being sent to the governor.

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