Making Healthcare Accessible

Doctor holding a stethoscope

Every Virginian should have access to quality, affordable healthcare. That’s why I’m fighting for legislation to simplify healthcare pricing and make it more transparent. As well as fighting for access to broadband in rural areas, so Virginians who are far away from care facilities can use telehealth services.

While you may live close to doctors and hospitals in Suffolk or Portsmouth, healthcare choices are bewildering and prices are cloaked in secrecy. And simply visiting a doctor or a hospital in a rural community can be nearly impossible. I’m already working to fix both these issues. 

My experience as a crisis counselor also taught me that mental health issues affect all walks of life, yet often go ignored and untreated. I have been supporting measures to ensure adequate, trained staffing in mental healthcare facilities across the Commonwealth. I am also an advocate for state-level policy investments in trauma-based care for children and young adults: it’s one of the most important steps we can take in preventing future mental health problems. 

When the Virginia legislature finally approved Medicaid expansion, more than 300,000 low-income Virginians gained access to healthcare coverage at no cost to the Commonwealth. That means hundreds of thousands more Virginians who can be healthy enough to work and contribute to our economy. Healthcare access is not only the right thing to do, it’s good for all of us. As your next Senator, I will fight to protect the progress that we have made, and will fight against any attempt to roll them back.