Health Care

 

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. 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 I introduced legislation to help prevent surprise medical billing due to out-of-date insurance directories.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.  

More on Health Care

September 15, 2021 Press Release

Representative Sharice Davids released the following statement after the House Energy & Commerce Committee passed a federal Medicaid expansion strategy in their portion of the budget reconciliation package:

 

September 8, 2021 Press Release

KANSAS CITY, KS – Today, Representative Sharice Davids held a press conference on a new federal strategy to expand Medicaid in states like Kansas, where state legislatures have repeatedly blocked it. Davids called for the upcoming budget reconciliation package to both continue current expansion incentives and include a federal plan to expand Medicaid coverage.

September 8, 2021 In The News

By John Pepitone

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids says it’s time for the Sunflower State to expand Medicaid, which would provide healthcare to 165,000 more Kansans.

 

Davids and other supporters want to extend coverage in states like Kansas that have not expanded Medicaid benefits.

 

The Medicaid Saves Lives Act would create a “look-alike” program through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which would extend health care benefits to any individual whose income is less than $17,774 a year.

 

August 25, 2021 Press Release

Today, Representative Sharice Davids called for a dual approach to Medicaid expansion in the upcoming budget reconciliation package, urging Congressional leaders to both continue the current expansion incentives and include a federal plan to expand Medicaid coverage in states like Kansas, where state legislatures have repeatedly blocked it. Kansas is one of 12 states that has chosen not to take the financial incentives and expand Medicaid, leaving as many as 165,000 Kansans without access to affordable health care during a pandemic.

 

August 25, 2021 In The News

By Tod Palmer

Rep. Sharice Davids hopes to help usher in Medicaid expansion for Kansas through a two-fold approach announced Wednesday amid ongoing budget reconciliation talks.

 

Davids, a Democrat from Kansas who represents Johnson County, sent a letter to congressional leaders, urging them to keep enhanced incentives for Medicaid expansion in place for the 12 holdout states and create a federal plan to expand Medicaid in those states.

 

August 19, 2021 Press Release

Today, Representatives Sharice Davids (KS-03) and Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05) released a video encouraging their constituents to get their COVID vaccines.

August 12, 2021 In The News

KMBC covers Rep. Sharice Davids as she urges people to take advantage of the American Rescue Plan's significant cost savings on health insurance.

August 11, 2021 In The News

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-3rd Dist., has released a new report detailing the impact of the American Rescue Plan on health care access and affordability in the 3rd District of Kansas.

 

Rep. Davids voted to pass the American Rescue Plan, which lowered health care costs for millions of Americans by reducing premium contributions and expanding access to health insurance tax credits.

 

Key findings from the report, prepared by the staff of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, include:

August 11, 2021 Press Release

Today, Representative Sharice Davids released a new report detailing the impact of the American Rescue Plan on health care access and affordability in the Third District of Kansas. Davids voted to pass the American Rescue Plan, which lowered health care costs for millions of Americans by reducing premium contributions and expanding access to health insurance tax credits. Key findings from the report, prepared by the staff of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, include:

 

July 29, 2021 In The News

Expecting and new parents, this may affect you. It’s called the “birthday rule.”

 

Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids (D) introduced legislation last week hoping to make the process easier when the rule applies to families.

 

It’s a long-standing practice by insurance companies. When both parents have separate insurance and a baby needs care at birth, in some states they will bill the parent’s insurance who has the earlier birthday. Even if it’s not what parents planned on.