Improving Health Care & Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

In the wealthiest country in the world, every single Rhode Islander should be able to get high-quality health care at a price they can afford. From introducing the public insurance option during the Affordable Care Act debate to delivering funding to keep our state’s health care system afloat during the pandemic, I have a long track record of work to lower health care costs and improve the quality of care.

Our Inflation Reduction Act capped the price of insulin at $35 for seniors, and allowed Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices for the first time ever. I will defend the Affordable Care Act and the Inflation Reduction Act from Republican attempts to take us back to the bad old days when people could be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions and seniors had to ration their insulin to keep food on the table. 

I’ve been on a mission to help end the opioid addiction crisis that has afflicted so many families from every walk of life, and to help more Rhode Islanders succeed on the long, noble road of recovery. My bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act is the most far-reaching and effective law ever passed to address addiction in America. That law is hard at work in Rhode Island, helping save lives by supporting new partnerships between law enforcement and behavioral health, making fire stations safe places to seek help for addiction, and supplying addiction medication and overdose prevention kits.