Leah believes that reliable access to quality healthcare is a human right and supports Senator Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All bill. Knowing that some Minnesotans can’t wait for passage and implementation of this bill, Leah supports improving provisions within the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the meantime. Introducing a public option, lowering prescription drug prices, and funding state level re-insurance programs will stabilize markets and lower premiums for thousands of Minnesotans.
While travelling the district this past summer, Leah spoke to many healthcare providers about the shortage of healthcare professionals in rural areas. In Congress Leah will introduce legislation to preserve and expand the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLFP). Leah’s plan will encourage a focus of loan forgiveness on qualifying practitioners in underserved communities and understaffed specialties, such as geriatrics and primary care.
Deaths of Despair
In 2016 Minnesota saw a sharp uptick in “deaths of despair” - deaths caused by substance abuse, suicide, chronic pain, and other conditions attributable to socioeconomic factors. Leah supports expanding research to study these fatalities from a public health perspective, along with increasing funding to combat the growing opioid epidemic. Leah believes we can drastically lower these types of diseases and fatalities by elevating the conversation on substance abuse, mental health, and socioeconomic risk factors.