I won’t stop working on patient-centered solutions to our health care crisis until small businesses can afford to cover their employees, individuals struggling to find work can afford to go to the doctor, and families have access to quality health care. I believe that every single Southwest Washington resident deserves access to quality, affordable health care, regardless of a pre-existing condition or if someone has hit hard times economically.
• Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act (the ACE Kids Act): Two out of the three million medically complex children across the country are enrolled in Medicaid, accounting for 40% of costs for all children on Medicaid. These kids are often blocked from the medical care they need because of their zip code. With this bill, we’ll give kids better care, drive down Medicaid costs (saving taxpayer dollars), and provide parents with the flexibility to seek care at the hospital that can help their child, even when that hospital is in another state.
• High risk pools for people with pre-existing conditions: People shouldn't be denied health care coverage because of pre-existing conditions, but it’s unnecessary to upend the entire health care system – particularly the parts that people like – to achieve this goal. Expanding the use of insurance company-funded pools for people with pre-existing conditions would be a better approach.
• Small Business Health Plans: Big corporations and labor unions are able to pool together to offer employees lower health care rates. Small businesses should have the same opportunities.