In the Legislature last year was a proposal to expand healthcare coverage for much of the gap population AND lower the cost of commercial individual insurance policies by as much as 10-20%. My opponent opposed it, voting no three times.
This was not an expansion of Medicaid, but rather an elegant combination of federal Medicaid and health insurance rules. While it would not have cured all the ills of cost and coverage, it was a big help.
Rep Kingsley also voted against women’s health services, including contraception, mammograms and pap smears, for the women in the GAP. These would have been covered under Medicaid and likely prevented many unwanted pregnancies. Unwanted pregnancies cost a bunch and may lead to an abortion. Contraception rather than unwanted pregnancy makes clinical and financial sense.
You deserve better thinking about healthcare and coverage.
-John Rusche, MD