I have never worried about my health insurance. A few years ago, it became clear to me that access to health insurance was a privilege I’ve had, not to be taken for granted—and I want that for all Virginians, especially those with unique concerns in HD-64.
In 2009, my neighbor across the street developed a brain tumor. A recent widow, she no longer had health insurance through her husband’s employer. Making matters worse, she was a breast cancer survivor, meaning she had a pre-existing condition that made health care options wildly unaffordable and inaccessible. She chose to eat and feed her son over chemotherapy. As a homeowner, she could not access Medicaid or disability insurance. Bankruptcy became her only hope for assistance—my own neighbor, here in Smithfield, Virginia. That's when I first decided I wanted an active role in helping folks in my community, starting with finding access to affordable, quality health care.
Stories like my neighbor’s don’t have to exist in a country with resources like ours—that is why HD-64 needs an experienced advocate—someone smart fighting for them. In 2018, conservatives used Medicaid expansion as a partisan bargaining chip, but the truth was, they knew it would come at no additional cost to the state budget. I have years of experience wading through complicated health care policy and the bureaucracy of health insurance. HD-64 needs someone smart, someone who understands the fight to secure health care for our families and won’t get distracted by partisan framing.
A Decade as a COMMUNITY ADVOCATE
We can all agree, reliable health care for your family should not be a privilege only afforded to the wealthy. For over five years, I've been a health care navigator, helping hundreds of families right here in Isle of Wight get access to affordable health coverage—in some cases for the first time. My decade as a health care navigator isn't just part of why I am qualified to represent the 64th District, it tops my priorities list as an issue where I know I can affect change and stand up for rural Virginians.
HD-64 NEEDS SOMEONE WHO IS SMART
Rural Virginians need someone who will fight for affordable access to health care not use it as a partisan bargaining chip. I have years of experience wading through complicated health care policy and the bureaucracy of health insurance. HD-64 deserves someone smart, someone who understands the fight to secure health care for our families and won’t get distracted by partisan framing.
WHAT AM I DOING DIFFERENTLY? LISTENING
This district represents 80,000 people. I’ll be spending time in each locality as a part of my campaign’s Listening Tour. It’s my personal belief and a mission of our campaign that we have more in common than different, so I want to hear from you. Our best hope at having an impact for rural communities is to engage and listen to one another.