Tremendous efforts have been made to ensure all Americans have access to affordable, quality health care. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) not only opened up access to health insurance for millions of Americans, it also improved the quality of insurance, providing new consumer protections and cost savings.
I have worked closely with our region’s health care and safety net providers to ensure that Sacrementans have access to the health care they need. As a result of our hard work, local clinics and health care providers have received millions in federal grants and reimbursements under the ACA to expand access to care and provide more services. I will continue fighting to build on the Affordable Care Act and its protections for consumers, so that all hard working American families can benefit from and access affordable health care.
I am also a long-time supporter and advocate for improving our nation’s mental health care. Too often mental health takes a back seat to the issue of physical health. It is time for mental health to be treated on a level playing field with the rest of our nation’s health care system. I have advanced crucial legislation to build and expand our mental health infrastructure, ensuring that Americans can access the care they need, when they need it. To that end, I’ve also championed efforts to expand access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment via telehealth, and co-led legislation that provides support for the key crisis response efforts deployed by health provider partners across the Sacramento region.