I know firsthand what it’s like to fight serious illness without health insurance or access to quality medical care. I will never forget the crippling anxiety I felt each day when I opened the mail. It took me ten years to pay off my medical bills. We must do better for our families.
Access to Affordable Healthcare
I want to make sure that every Kansan who wants healthcare gets healthcare without breaking the bank. The best way to achieve equal access to healthcare is to enhance the Affordable Care Act while allowing the health insurance industry to continue to provide private options. Every person should be free to choose between a fortified public option, or private, employer, or union – funded coverage – including those under age 65, and individuals with pre-existing conditions.
Funding Medicaid Expansion
Currently 150,000 Kansans fall through the gaps in our health insurance system. That is unacceptable. Kansas is one of 14 states that have failed to utilize the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion. The Affordable Care Act allows for expanded investment in local critical healthcare infrastructure, which our rural communities desperately need. Kansas hospitals have had to be extremely creative to give the best care possible to their communities. We need to work with them and expanding the ACA will allow for additional investment in local healthcare. My top priority is to ensure federal dollars are available to provide healthcare to everyone who needs it.
Lowering Prescription Drug Prices
The price of prescription medications increases each year, and many Kansans can no longer afford their medications, even if they have health insurance. Right now the federal government is blocked from negotiating for lower drug prices. That policy is not working. America is the wealthiest country in the world, it is unacceptable that there are people who must decide between taking their medication and feeding their family. We must empower the government to negotiate lower prescription drug prices under Medicare Part D so that life saving medication becomes more affordable for all.