Protecting Your Right to Healthcare

January 17, 2019

Quality, affordable health care should never be a privilege.

The inability to access affordable health care often results in individuals delaying necessary, preventative care measures such as an annual check-up which can result in severe consequences. The American Journal of Public Health estimated that more than 18,000 Americans aged 25 to 64 years die annually as a direct result of being uninsured.

However, despite this startling statistic, families already struggling to make ends meet have a difficult choice to make. Healthcare spending in the United States is $3 trillion a year – this is a massive financial strain on taxpayers, individuals, and families. According to Blue Cross Blue Shield there are three key factors driving healthcare costs: the high costs of treating chronic illnesses, lifestyle choices, and increasing costs of prescription drugs.

Between 2010 and 2025, prescription drug prices are expected to increase by 136 percent. In 2018, the general assembly passed Public Act 18-41, which requires drug companies to justify any price increase if their price jumps by 20 percent in one year or by 50 percent over three years.

This session, we will be introducing bills to protect and expand access to quality and affordable healthcare. These bills include expanding coverage of preexisting conditions to ensure that your access to care is not limited by conditions that are beyond your control. We will be fighting for increasing access to mental health services so that your mental health is taken as seriously as your physical health.

As your state representative, I will fight to reduce healthcare costs. We must increase access to quality care by bringing all stakeholders including providers, hospitals and insurance companies to the table to work together. It is essential to the quality of life in our community and our state.