- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Doug Ducey’s office is scrapping a plan to move health care boards under the oversight of a single state agency, saying his proposal became too watered down during the legislative process.

The bill backed by the Ducey administration would have put 19 regulatory boards under the Department of Health Services and allowed the agency’s director to hire and fire the boards’ executive directors, reported The Arizona Capitol Times (https://bit.ly/1RAfZ3t).

It also would have required that all new rules and regulations be vetted to make sure they aren’t anticompetitive.

Several lawmakers said they were concerned that the legislation tried to do too much too quickly. A Senate committee then stripped out all but six of the boards that were slated to move to DHS in 2017.

“The bill was becoming, quite frankly, pretty watered down by some of the special interests and lobbyists who would be impacted by it, and not really solving the problems that it was intended to solve,” said Ducey’s spokesman Daniel Scarpinato.

The Ducey administration will continue to take an “aggressive approach to reform and the governor is considering other options to address the health care boards, Scarpinato said. He declined to say what those options were.

Sen. Nancy Barto, R-Phoenix, is responsible for removing most of the boards in the bill. She felt the bill moved too fast and left many things unanswered.

“I didn’t have any problem with the goal. I think efficiencies are needed. More reforms are needed. So I’m on board with it,” she said. “I think there were a lot of concerns by a lot of people about just doing it all in one fell swoop.”

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