Health and Wellness

The spiraling costs of Alaska’s health care system are failing patients, led us into a recession, and continue to stand in the way of economic growth in Alaska. Too many small companies are unable to expand their businesses. Employers are seeing labor costs swell, while wages remain stagnant. Alaskans simply pay too much and get too little from our health care system.

I believe that everyone must have access to high-quality affordable health care. We can get there. We should continue to support innovative state and federal programs that reward hospitals based on the quality of care they deliver, rather than on the volume of services that they perform. We must also identify and promote ways to help doctors improve patient outcomes so that everyone can get the care that they need.

When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, there are parts of it that work, and there are parts of it that don't. We need real solutions, not partisan score-settling. Alaska’s current Congressman voted in support of disastrous proposals that would make our already failing health care system even worse, such as eliminating protections for people with pre-existing conditions. We must take responsible action to bring stability to the system and lower the cost for all Alaskans.

Alaskans suffer with some of the highest rates of substance abuse, mental illness, and suicide. Intergenerational trauma, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse has contributed to these behavioral health problems.  Prevention and treatment programs and behavioral health staff are in desperate need across Alaska. We must comprehensively address the opioid crisis and strengthen access to treatment and recovery services.

We must make certain that women have full, unlimited access to reproductive health services, and I will ensure that contraception is available to all and covered by insurance.