Everyone should have access to quality, affordable health care, but right now too many Kansans can’t get the care they need or are faced with skyrocketing costs. In fact, health care is one of the issues I hear about the most from residents in the Kansas Third District. My office has received more than 10,916 messages on health care issues alone since I took office in January 2019.
No one should ever have to worry about affording a lifesaving treatment or going bankrupt because they or someone they love gets cancer or diabetes. That’s why I’m dedicated to finding ways to lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs, strengthen and expand the ACA, protect those with pre-existing conditions, and improve quality of care.
- Protecting people with pre-existing conditions: I voted to rollback junk insurance plans that charge higher premiums for folks with pre-existing conditions, like asthma and diabetes.
- Lowering the Cost of Health Care and Prescription Drug Costs: I voted for bipartisan legislation to lower premiums and reverse political attacks on our health care system that are hurting patients. I supported legislation to hold drug companies accountable and bring more generic drugs to market to lower costs, which passed the House.
- Preventing Surprise Medical Bills: Health care is expensive enough as it is, and surprise medical bills only add to the burden for Kansas families. I introduced legislation to help prevent surprise medical billing due to out-of-date insurance directories. It requires insurance companies to provide updated and accurate information to patients and in-network physicians on a regular basis, so folks are aware of what their costs will be.
- Improving and Strengthening the Affordable Care Act: On my first day in office, I joined my House colleagues to throw the full legal weight of the U.S. House of Representatives against the Trump Administration’s lawsuit, which attempts to not only strike down protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but to eliminate every single protection and benefit provided by the Affordable Care Act.
- Ensuring Health Care and Coverage includes Mental Health: I supported legislation to expand funding for mental health services and suicide awareness and prevention training for students. I also supported legislation to equip law enforcement with the training needed to respond to mental and behavioral health crises.
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Today, Governor Laura Kelly testified before the House Financial Services Committee on the need for federal relief for the Kansas state budget. Rep. Davids released the following statement in support of Governor Kelly’s testimony:
Rep. Sharice Davids released the following statement on Missouri's vote to expand Medicaid:
“Yesterday, Missouri voters chose to join the 37 other states across the country that have expanded Medicaid, weeks after our neighbors in Oklahoma did the same. Yet here in Kansas, expansion remains stalled in the legislature because of partisan politics.
Emphasizing the importance of expanding Medicaid in Kansas, Representative Sharice Davids called for the inclusion of the Incentivizing Medicaid Expansion Act in an upcoming health care package. The bill would reset the amount that the federal government matches states’ investment for Medicaid expansion, starting at 100 percent. This both incentivizes states like Kansas to expand and ensures a smooth transition for those that do.
Funding that Johnson County received from the CARES Act, a federal relief package backed and voted for by Representative Sharice Davids, will help significantly increase the County’s COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and epidemiology division capacity, including more testing supplies. The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners approved nearly $4.2 million this week, $3.5 million of which will go towards laboratory testing. It will also fund six full-time and 35 part-time positions at the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE).
Representative Sharice Davids issued the following statement on the shortage of medical supplies needed to fight the coronavirus and keep frontline workers and their patients safe in Kansas:
“Kansas still doesn't have the supplies we need to tackle this public health crisis. It's unacceptable that we rank 50th among other states in per capita testing. And it's unacceptable that our calls to FEMA for more supplies aren't being met.
Representative Sharice Davids issued the following statement on community health centers in Kansas being awarded nearly $15.4 million in federal aid as part of Congress’ latest coronavirus relief package, the CARES Act:
Representative Sharice Davids issued the following statement on news of three additional presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Johnson County:
During a House Small Business Committee hearing today, Representative Sharice Davids examined the impact of the coronavirus on Kansas’ small businesses and discussed additional measures Congress could take to offset economic hardship for workers and businesses.
This hearing comes in the wake of Congress’ $8.3 billion emergency funding package, which enables the Small Business Administration to make an estimated $7 billion in low-interest loans to affected small businesses.
Representative Sharice Davids issued the following statement on House passage of a coronavirus emergency response supplemental funding bill:
“It’s essential that we have a coordinated, well-resourced government response to the coronavirus to keep Kansas communities safe. That’s why I worked with my House colleagues to quickly pass a strong, bipartisan funding package that addresses the scale and severity of this public health crisis.
Today, Representative Sharice Davids introduced the Transparency in Prescription Drug Advertising Act, which would require pharmaceutical companies to include the list prices of their prescription drugs in all direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertisements. This legislation holds pharmaceutical companies accountable for their prices, especially as the cost of prescription drugs continues to rise.