HEALTHCARE

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No one should ever have to go into debt or file for bankruptcy because of medical bills, plain and simple.

Unfortunately, we have heard far too many tragic stories of Americans who cannot afford the health care they need. Almost having her life ruined by medical debt, Jessica wants to make sure others do not have to face the struggles she once faced.

 

Health care is a human right

 

...and that is why she made fixing our healthcare system her number-one priority. As your congresswoman, here is what Jessica promises to do:

EXPAND healthcare coverage through the ACA

PROTECT those with pre-existing conditions

EMPOWER Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug costs

By expanding healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we can lower the costs of care for millions of Americans across the country. With a pre-existing condition herself, Jessica will fight to protect those with pre-existing conditions who struggle with finding the care they need. In addition, Jessica will empower our Medicare system to negotiate lower prescription drug prices with large pharmaceutical companies.

Increasing access to care is key to building a healthier nation. 

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That is why Jessica will expand access to preventative care for millions nationwide. Data shows that people are far more likely to use preventative care services regardless of income level, but especially the lowest, after the implementation of the ACA . Better access to preventative cancer screenings, reproductive health services, and tele-health options will not only improve the health of those who use these services, but significantly encourage more Americans to begin using them.

Increasing access to care is key to building a healthier nation. 

Increase Mental Health Coverage

1 out of 4
people live with a diagnosable mental disorder 

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An estimated 1 in 4 Americans live with a diagnosable mental health disorder . There needs to be more done to help the over 82 million Americans currently struggling with mental illness. For young Americans, strong public options reduced out-of-pocket spending on mental health services . In our criminal justice system, studies have shown that mental health coverage increased under the implementation of the ACA . However, much more still needs to be done to provide increased access to mental health services. Jessica will continue to fight for proper funding of mental health services and investing in new programs that will improve access around the country.

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Increasing access to care is key to building a healthier nation. 

References

1. Lee, L. K., Monuteaux, M. C., & Galbraith, A. A. (2019). Women's Affordability, Access, and Preventive Care After the Affordable Care Act. American journal of preventive medicine, 56(5), 631–638. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2018.11.028

 

2. Johns Hopkins Medicine. (2021, November). Mental health disorder statistics. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/mental-health-disorder-statistics

 

3. Ali, M. M., Chen, J., Mutter, R., Novak, P., & Mortenson, K. (2016). The ACA's dependent coverage expansion and out-of-pocket spending by young adults with behavioral health conditions. Psychiatric Services, 67(9), 977-982. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201500346

 

4. Howell, B. A., Wang, E. A., & Winkelman, T. A. (2019). Mental health treatment among individuals invovled in the criminal justice system after implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Psychiatric Services, 70(9), 765-771. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201800559 

In Congress, Jessica will support the
following proposed and active legislation:

H.J.RES.44

This joint resolution proposes a constitutional amendment that establishes health care as a right for the people of the United States.

H.R.3755

To protect a person's ability to determine whether to continue or end a pregnancy, and
to protect a health care provider's ability
to provide
abortion services.

H.R.2148

To significantly lower prescription drug prices for patients in the United States by ending government-granted monopolies for manufacturers who charge drug prices that are higher than the median prices at which the drugs are available in other countries.

H.R.2379

To amend the 21st Century Cures Act to reauthorize and expand a grant program for State response to the opioid use disorders crisis, and for other purposes.

H.R.5674

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to eliminate the 190-day lifetime limit on inpatient psychiatric hospital services under the Medicare Program.

and other policies aimed at making health and wellness accessible and affordable to every single Wisconsinite and every American.