Davids Announces Prairie Village, Kansas Mother and Health Care Advocate will be her Guest to the State of the Union Address

January 30, 2019
Press Release

Today, Rep. Sharice Davids (KS-03) announced that she will host Laura Robeson as her guest to the State of the Union address on February 5th. Robeson is a mother and healthcare advocate from Prairie Village, Kansas. Her 7-year-old son Danny was born prematurely and has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and cortical vision impairment—health conditions that could be considered pre-existing conditions.

“Laura is passionate about making sure her son Danny, and other kids with medical conditions have access to the care they need,” said Davids. “Hosting her as my guest for the State of the Union is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of allowing insurance companies to discriminate against people based on their medical histories. I’m working to make sure more Kansans—not fewer—are able to get healthcare. I hope the President will stop sabotaging health care protections and start working with people from both parties to make sure more Americans are able to access care.”

“It is an honor to attend the State of the Union as a guest of Representative Davids,” said Robeson. “I have had many sleepless nights over the last few years as Congress and the President have worked to dismantle our healthcare law and protections for people with preexisting conditions like my son Danny. Danny requires complex and coordinated medical care from physical and speech therapy, to prescription medication to regular visits with a neurologist and endocrinologist and much more. My family could be bankrupt and unable to get healthcare for Danny without protections in the Affordable Care Act. I hope my presence at this important event will bring some attention to how important it is to protect access to care for the millions of Americans who have preexisting conditions.”

The President is scheduled to give the State of the Union Address to a Joint Session of the 116th United States Congress on February 5, 2019.