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 I introduced legislation to help prevent surprise medical billing due to out-of-date insurance directories.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

March 12, 2020 Press Release

Representative Sharice Davids issued the following statement on news of three additional presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Johnson County:

 

March 10, 2020 Press Release

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.

 

March 4, 2020 Press Release

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.

February 13, 2020 Press Release

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.

February 6, 2020 Press Release

Representative Sharice Davids (KS-03) released the following statement on the Kansas constitutional amendment regarding abortion:

 

“Last year, the Kansas Supreme Court reaffirmed Kansans’ fundamental right to make their own decisions about their bodies and health care. Tomorrow, the Kansas House will vote on a measure designed to take away that right and set our state up for a complete ban on abortion, even in the case of rape, incest, or health of the mother.

 

January 9, 2020 Press Release

Representative Sharice Davids (KS-03) applauded Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning’s bipartisan deal to expand the state’s Medicaid program announced today.

“This is big news for Kansas. Medicaid expansion means over 100,000 Kansans will receive quality, affordable health coverage that protects people with pre-existing conditions. I want to thank Governor Kelly and Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning for coming to the table and reaching a bipartisan deal to help ensure Kansans have access to the health care they need,” said Davids.

December 13, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-3rd Dist., voted Thursday to pass legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs for families across Kansas’ 3rd District.

The Lower Drug Costs Now Act, H.R. 3, gives Medicare the power to negotiate with drug companies for lower drug prices, and makes those lower prices available even to those with private insurance.

December 12, 2019 Press Release

Today, Representative Sharice Davids voted to pass transformational legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs for families across Kansas’ Third District. The Lower Drug Costs Now Act, H.R. 3, gives Medicare the power to negotiate with drug companies for lower drug prices, and makes those lower prices available even to those with private insurance.   

 

November 18, 2019 Press Release

Today, Representative Sharice Davids will introduce the Insurance Accountability and Transparency Act to help prevent surprise medical billing. The legislation requires insurance companies to update their provider directories at least once every six months, so patients don’t unintentionally receive out-of-network care.  

 

November 6, 2019 Press Release

Continuing her work to lower health care costs for Kansans, Rep. Sharice Davids today announced her co-sponsorship of the Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3). This transformational legislation gives Medicare the power to negotiate with drug companies for lower drug prices, and will make those lower prices available to all Americans, no matter where they get their insurance.