Arkansans Deserve Quality Affordable Healthcare
As your State Representative, I will work to ensure that all Arkansans have access to quality affordable healthcare. As a former pharmaceutical and biotech executive, I understand that expanding funding for medical science and research would create job opportunities and help to guarantee the future of Arkansas's progress in the healthcare industry.
Here in our district, UAMS - the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - needs more state funding. It has dropped from $124 Million to $107 Million, which is significantly less than most state colleges. Our state legislature must work to protect the quality public healthcare that UAMS provides to patients; the training for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare practitioners that it provides; and the important medical research it conducts. I've worked with both UAMS and Children's Hospital in the past to get affordable medicine to patients.
Repeal Work Requirements
This year, the Arkansas legislature approved Work Requirements for people receiving subsidized healthcare through the Arkansas Works program. I deeply oppose this move and believe it should be repealed. Read my blog post about this issue HERE.
Vaccines Across Arkansas & Rural Healthcare
During my time as a Senior Executive for GlaxoSmithKline, I visited all 75 counties in Arkansas as part of a federal and state program to get vaccines to children. During my travels, I saw firsthand the need for quality affordable healthcare in rural areas. I also saw the importance of technology like telemedicine, in areas where it's too far to get to a doctor in person.
As a former President & CEO of a local biotech company, I worked on integrated healthcare - using traditional medicine and natural remedies together. We also worked on education programs around medical marijuana, which is now legal in Arkansas. As your legislator, I’ll work hard to make sure Arkansas honors the will of the voters on this issue, and protects patients’ rights.
I'm also a former member of the local Planned Parenthood advisory board. I helped them open the first Bilingual Family Healthcare clinic in Northwest Arkansas, offering basic healthcare like cancer screenings to women and families, in both English & Spanish. We were also the first clinic in Northwest Arkansas to start offering anonymous HIV testing. My experience on the Board allowed me to see how just how many women and families rely on the organization for affordable but critical routine health care services.
HIV Testing & Care
I was also a founding member of the NWA AIDS Crisis Center. We provided a gateway to healthcare, housing, food and social services to HIV patients, at a time when services in Northwest Arkansas were few and far between.
Protecting Your Healthcare
Everyone in Arkansas deserves affordable quality healthcare, but it's too often under attack in our state legislature. Instead, let's take what we've learned in Northwest Arkansas and use it as a model for the rest of the state. I'd like to take my record of success to the next level as your State Representative for District 86.
The Democratic Primary is Tuesday, May 22. I hope I can count on your vote.