With nearly 40 years experience serving as a healthcare provider, one of my top priorities is to ensure all South Dakotans have access to quality health care.
Let me ask you a question. Does it make sense that the government, either state or national, should determine the quality of health care? I answer that with a big NO.
Or this question - does the government do anything cheaper than the private sector? Again, I answer that with a big NO.
Ever since the federal government passed the so-called "affordable" care act, my health insurance rates have skyrocketed. My guess is yours has too.
South Dakota, and our nation, needs health care reform that lowers the cost of health insurance by enacting sweeping tort/liability reform, improving market choices, insurance reform, and tax incentives so families can afford health insurance.
In additon, people living in rural areas like District 4 experience unique challenges accessing necessary health care services compared to their urban counterparts due to long distances and insufficient access to health care providers.
The good news is there has been some success to remove red tape and restrictions that have prevented healthcare providers from coming to South Dakota, and once here, staying here.
In 2021, I supported an out-of-state license recognition bill for healthcare providers to encourage healthcare providers to come to South Dakota without any additional licensure requirements.
I also introduced and passed HB1154 to prohibit employment contracts from restricting where a doctor may practice. Big picture, we want doctors to fall in love with their communities and the people they serve. Employment contracts should not require them to move away.
Last, I've been proud to support legislation to expand telemedicine throughout South Dakota.
I look forward to continuing to improve on these advancements and find additional ways to improve healthcare while reducing costs.