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Arizona Senate Passes Revamped Crisis Standards Of Care Rules

Nancy Barto
Arizona Senate Republicans
Nancy Barto

The Arizona Senate tentatively approved Republican Sen. Nancy Barto’s bill that would make sure elderly and vulnerable patients don't get passed up for care because of age and medical condition.

But Democratic Sen. Tony Navarrete says this bill is potentially problematic if there were to be another public health crisis.

“The motives behind this bill I think all come from a great place and I think it’s something that we should all look at. But I also want to just remind folks that it could also, you know, have unintended consequences," Navarrete said.

He also says the crisis standards of care, which usually prioritize younger patients, exist so trained, and well educated, health care workers can make the best public health decisions. 

Barto says this issue was brought to her attention by the disabled community. 

Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.