As Chair of the Public Health Committee, I'm committed to assuring access to quality, affordable healthcare for all our citizens.
While some have adequate coverage through employers or state-supported programs, the pandemic has cast many out of work, putting insurance coverage in peril. This crisis also has created circumstances which exacerbate chronic conditions and mental health stressors, while making it tough to get care.
Additionally, efforts by the current federal administration to destroy the Affordable Care Act could mean as many as 260,000 Connecticut citizens could lose their health insurance. That's equivalent to the populations of 62 Connecticut towns combined - or about nine Westports!
As I have in the past with legislation such as the women's healthcare bill of rights, I will work at the state level to protect our citizens from any reduction in healthcare coverage caused by the pandemic, budget shortfalls or destructive actions at the federal level.
I will continue to fight to:
- Preserve and even increase funding for mental health services, reflecting the problems of isolation, familial abuse and financial difficulties;
- Support medically assisted treatment programs to combat the opioid epidemic;
- Protect coverage for pre-existing conditions and family health services;
- Mitigate the ravages of vaping by limiting flavors and black market products;
- Make more drugs affordable, such as we did with insulin in the last session.
As long as the virus interferes with our lives, we'll also need to make adjustments to the way healthcare is delivered, such as:
- Increased utilization of appropriate telehealth to provide timely care for those unable to access office visits;
- Prepare nursing homes to protect vulnerable residents, assuring adequate staffing, PPE, testing and ventilation systems;
- Assure broad access to a COVID vaccine, once it is confirmed as safe and effective.
Healthcare matters to all of us, now more than ever. I will promise to advocate for legislation and funding to keep all of Connecticut as healthy as possible.
Jonathan has again been recognized by the healthcare experts for his work on behalf of our state's citizens. In the past two years, he was named Legislator of the Year by:
- CT Association of Healthcare at Home for his longtime support of its mission to care for those in the home and community-based setting-- their setting of choice
- The National Association of Social Workers in recognition of his advocacy for healthcare, renewable energy, and safe transportation, as well as his support for the Social Work Title Protection Law
- Leading Age Connecticut for outstanding leadership on public policy issues that support, enable and empower older adults to live fully as thy age
- NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut for leadership, courage and activism in reproductive rights
- Connecticut College of Emergency Physicians
- Connecticut Psychological Association
- Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians
- Emergency Medical Services of CT
I look forward to continuing to fight on behalf of Westport for all of us. It's also important that I hear from you! Please email me your questions or concerns anytime: firstname.lastname@example.org