As a nurse, I am committed to improving the health and well-being of all Americans. That means lowering the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs, expanding access to health coverage to more Americans, and reducing racial disparities in health outcomes. Here in Missouri, our healthcare system is ranked 43rd in the nation, and racial disparity remains a glaring issue.
New moms bear the brunt of that racial disparity. While Missouri is among the country’s ten worst states for maternal mortality, Black mothers are about four times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related condition than white mothers. And in the wake of the Supreme Court’s unacceptable decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, that disparity will likely worsen, with Missouri’s cruel abortion ban hitting women of color the hardest.
In 2020, Missourians voted to expand Medicaid eligibility in our state–a move that research shows dramatically lowers racial disparity in healthcare. But Republicans in the Missouri legislature are determined to chip away at Medicaid, including declining to cover postpartum mothers. Missouri also offers no paid family leave for new parents struggling to adjust to life with a newborn. It’s cruel to force anyone to give birth–and even crueler not to support mothers after they do.
But racial disparity doesn’t just affect maternal healthcare. People of color are less likely to receive substance use services, more likely to die from COVID, and often receive less quality care due to implicit bias.
I’m running for the U.S. Senate to bring compassion and decency back to our politics and to stand up for families struggling to get by. As a nurse, that means fighting tooth and nail to make sure every American can get the healthcare they deserve. Your race, identity, gender, or ZIP code should not determine the quality of services you receive–full stop.
That’s why I’m committed to fighting for guaranteed paid family leave, a $35/month cap on the cost of insulin, greater investments in treatment for addiction and mental health treatment, and the full reinstatement of the health insurance premium tax credit.
Reducing racial disparities in healthcare also requires expanding diversity in the healthcare workforce. That’s why I have been proud to work with the Saint Louis University School of Nursing to provide assistance to recruit and train more nurses of color.
As a nurse I treated every patient with dignity and respect. In the Senate, I will work to ensure that all Missourians can receive quality and affordable care. After hundreds of lawyers, it’s time to send a nurse to the Senate to bring more solutions and more compassion to Washington.