Healthcare is a human right. When our family is sick and we’re working multiple jobs but still can’t afford their doctor’s fee, then we’re not free.
Proud to be at the vanguard for Medicaid expansion. Ben was proud to be at the forefront of the fight for Medicaid expansion when he ran for Delegate in 2017 as the nominee from Orange, Culpeper, and Madison county. Because so many of us campaigned on Medicaid expansion, we were able to secure healthcare for 400 thousand Virginians who didn’t previously have it.
Expand Medicaid Dental to include preventive care, not just emergency care.
Let Nurse Practitioners practice with less physician oversight. To help address limited healthcare in rural areas.
Drug patent reform.
More funding for free clinics.
Expanding mental healthcare. We need creative new solutions to expand mental healthcare access and address workforce shortages in low-coverage areas. We can allocate grants for free clinics to hire dedicated therapists. Significantly increase the number of school psychologists and work towards a School-Based Health Center model. We must also continue to fight the stigma against mental health.
Direct Primary Care. More options.
Reform Certificate of Public Need (COPN) laws. Why does a private hospital need to go through so many regulatory hurdles to purchase an MRI machine or expand their maternity ward? That means delays, extra bureaucracy, greater expense, and less room for innovation. Louisa County doesn’t have a hospital or even a 24-hour emergency care center. Let’s get out of the way of healthcare providers who’d like to expand their market into low-coverage areas.
Opioid epidemic. 52,404 Americans died from drug overdose in 2015, 50% more than from traffic accidents and 400% as many as from gun homicide. Heroin alone killed more than gun homicide. Orange County Sheriff Mark Amos says that “the recent spike in heroin usage is unlike anything he has seen.” In November of 2016, Culpeper police began to carry Naloxone because of weekly heroin overdoses here. I will work to secure continued funds for nasal-spray naloxone in our district, and stay in constant contact with officers and social workers to find out in real time what other supplies our community needs. But addiction is an ongoing disease and requires more than emergency life-saving treatment and stopgap measures. Instead of condemning drug use, we need to minimize its harmful effects. We must fight this fight together as a community: educate each other on drug safety, harm reduction, alternate coping mechanisms and Good Samaritan laws; curb the out-of-control crony capitalism of the pharmaceutical industry; and most importantly guarantee universal healthcare for everyone, including mental healthcare and addiction treatment.