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Friends,
 

I hope this update finds you well. You are receiving this because you established a relationship with the Office of Rep. David R. Lewis.

I sincerely hope you were able to take some time to appreciate the reason for the season this Christmas and spend quality time with family and friends. 

Happy New Year! I hope 2016 brings you prosperity and peace. I also hope you embrace the opportunities you have before you.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact my office. I appreciate your continued support and wish you well.

- David

Charter Local Edition Interview with NC State Representative David Lewis
I really enjoyed appearing on Charter TV's Local Edition with Brad Pomerance last month. Here is a peak at the interview. 

The House Select Committee on Step Therapy met for the first time Monday December 14, 2015.

Here are a couple stories that covered the meeting:

Patients say step therapy makes them wait for needed medication

Insurers win, patients lose with step therapy

Lawmakers examine insurers' effort to control drug prices

The House Select Committee will study the practice of step therapy, or fail-first protocols, whereby patients are forced to try and fail on a series of treatments before they are given access to the medication recommended by their physician.

The House Select Committee will study the prescription benefit management tool known as step therapy to assess the impact on patient access to care. They will consider the savings achieved by utilization of the practice, consider potential abusive practices, and perform a cost benefit analysis on patient protections that could be implemented to curb abuses.

Patient advocates gave insightful testimony on their experiences with Step Therapy. The committee had productive dialogue with all the speakers present.

The committee will meet once again in early February, and once again in March. Stay tuned for further updates.

The people of Harnett County have entrusted me with a great responsibility over the last several years. I am honored to serve such a great community and would consider it a great opportunity be to an advocate for you, both in Raleigh and here, once again. I think we have made great strides towards reducing taxes, expanding educational freedom and creating a climate for economic growth over the past several years.

Fiscal conservatism works. We are boldly moving towards a tax code that is better for families, individuals, and businesses. Good governing requires tough choices, and tax reform helped produce a $500 million revenue surplus for the state this year. It is my goal, and the goal of the General Assembly, to reduce the tax burden for working families, and allow the people of North Carolina to operate in a vibrant economic climate.

Education should be about the child. It should be about what setting the child learns best and how we can help each child reach their God given potential. This is why reforms like opportunity scholarships that help low income families educate their child in a different setting are so vital to our success as a state. It has been and continues to be our goal to commit to educational excellence and professionalism in the classroom.

Healthcare comes down to making decisions between us and our doctors, without interference from bureaucrats. The state’s most disadvantaged deserve efficient health care programs that will continue to provide essential services. I value quality of care, access, patient satisfaction, and efficiency in healthcare, so that’s what I’m going to fight for.

I humbly ask for the vote of the good people in District 53. There is more work to be done. We can all create a better life for North Carolinians where they can thrive through a lower tax burden, less government spending, and more educational freedom. I have great hope for the people of North Carolina if we can continue towards prosperity.

ONCE AGAIN, the NC Supreme Court ruled that the maps drawn by the NCGA are fair and legal.

It’s time for these left-wing groups to stop wasting taxpayer money pursuing their frivolous and politically-motivated appeals and finally accept the will of the voters.

 

Folks, the Carolina Comeback is very real. Let's keep it going.  To read about it, click here.

 
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