I believe access to quality and affordable health care is a human right.
Health care affects every family in a personal way, which like many people, I have experienced firsthand. When I was a senior in high school, my mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a chronic autoimmune condition that affects the brain and spinal cord. Even though it often didn't feel like it, I learned we were the lucky ones. As a teacher, my mom had health insurance through the Fayette County School System, so we had access to quality health care. Even in her weakest moments, she never let me forget how lucky we were to have health insurance.
In 2016, Matt Bevin and the republican majority stripped health insurance away from 500,000 Kentuckians. Our state absolutely must do everything we can to guarantee this right for everyone. Getting treatment should never be a question of luck or politics.
My Priorities include:
Medicaid Disaster - Our state's heritage is deeply rooted in the conviction that we take care of each other - that we work together to get through the hard times so we can enjoy the good ones. After the 2016 Medicaid rollback, 500,000 Kentuckians lost their health insurance. This is simply wrong. I support expanding Medicaid to allow more Kentuckians access to affordable and quality health care.
Opioid Epidemic - The research is crystal clear: Kentucky is one of the hardest hit states in our nation's opioid epidemic. Kentucky has nearly twice as many deaths and the national average. We must do more at every level of government to fight back. Since 2000, heroin overdose deaths have increased by a factor of nearly fifteen times and are continuing to rise. This is a major issue and Kentucky needs to be taking steps to turn this epidemic around. (Public Service Announcement: If you or a loved one needs assistance, for confidential help, please call 1-800-662-4357 to access a 24/7 hotline or find a treatment center online.)
Reproductive Rights - It is clear there is an organized effort to undermine and eliminate a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. Recent legislation in states (including Kentucky) is dangerous and unconstitutional. I will fight to protect the rights of women to make their own health decisions for themselves and their families.