The Care Agenda
Healthcare for All
Too many Hoosiers are uninsured, underinsured, and unable to afford vital prescription medications. Too many Hoosiers live in fear of getting sick, because we know a hospital visit could bankrupt us. Too many Hoosiers find ourselves trapped in a mess of red tape and harmful state policies that are used to deny us the healthcare we deserve. Healthcare is a human right. At the state level, we need to expand and improve HIP 2.0. At the federal level, we need a Medicare for All system that guarantees everybody high quality health coverage, including vision, dental, and mental health services.
End the Overdose Crisis with Compassionate Care
The worst overdose epidemic in American history continues to touch thousands of Indiana families. Our current approach, treating drug users as criminals to be punished with incarceration and shame, is not only ineffective but cruel. We desperately need to switch to a public health-based approach built on compassion and treatment. At the local and state level, we are calling for at least 2% of every Indiana city and county budget to be dedicated to compassionate drug and mental health treatment. At the federal level, we must pass the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, or we will continue to needlessly lose Hoosiers to this devastating crisis.
Invest in Hoosier Kids’ Mental Health
Indiana suffers hundreds of overdose deaths every year, our suicide rate has increased more than thirty percent in the last two decades, and the rash of school shootings across the country hit an Indiana middle school earlier this year. Worsening all these is a lack of mental health resources, especially for young Hoosiers. We badly need to expand access to mental healthcare services, in particular in schools, and we will be fighting for significant funding in the 2019 state budget to address these emergencies.
Clean Air, Water, and Soil
Indiana was recently ranked the third worst state for health risks from contamination of air, water, and soil. The children of Franklin, afflicted with rare blood and brain cancers, are not alone: our state’s soil and groundwater are plagued by poisoning from lead, arsenic, and other harmful contaminants. Superfund sites from Lake Michigan to the Ohio River make it clear that we need people leading the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the national Environmental Protection Agency who are aggressive in safeguarding our state’s vital resources, not the profits of corporations.