As the pandemic continues to take a toll on human life, frontline workers, and our hospital system, it only sharpens the need for affordable, quality healthcare for every Arizonan. With our economy growing and revenues soaring, Republicans tripped over themselves to pass $2 billion in permanent tax cuts for the wealthy while leaving everyone else behind. Currently Arizona underfunds care for people with disabilities by $100 million a year and support for families with children born with disabilities by $14 million a year. We continue to have one of the nation's highest poverty rates for children. More than 9 percent of our children lack health insurance, nearly twice the national average. We have the resources to make a difference, but Republicans' priorities are elsewhere.

 

We can and must fully fund care for people with disabilities, and dental benefits for pregnant women, as well as expand postpartum coverage and KidsCare coverage for working families. State government must extend paid family leave for all employees, especially as workers continue to spend time taking care of ill loved ones and children during the pandemic.

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We have the resources to make a difference, but Republicans' priorities are elsewhere.