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I will introduce a bill requiring, in all non-emergency situations, medical providers to provide pricing prior to all procedures.
I will introduce a bill which requires insurance companies to cover all Utah ambulance services and emergency rooms as “in-network.”
No one should have to wonder if their insurance covers them in a truly life-saving scenario.
I will sue the Federal government for a 50% increase in funding to Utah's VA Hospitals. Our veterans have earned the best care. Utah shouldn't be picking up the tab.
In late 1994, I was diagnosed with an extremely rare, and extremely deadly disease, Wegener's Granulomatosis.
Since then, I have taken over 200,000 pills, injected gallons of chemotherapy, and had more than 30 surgical procedures, including my most recent surgery, a three-part procedure on my trachea and lung.
I know what it is like to be sick. I know what it is like to be told you have just months to live.
I know what it is like to be rushed to a hospital, unsure of whether the ambulance is covered by insurance, unsure of whether the emergency room is covered by insurance.
I know what it is like to be rushed to the hospital after vomiting over a liter of blood into my bathtub, just to find out later that my insurance didn't cover that hospital. At a time that I was earning less than $60,000 a year, I was saddled with a $15,000 hospital bill.
I know what it is like to spend over $30,000 a year on healthcare.
I know what it is like to have to file appeal after appeal to be given permission to take a life-saving drug or have an experimental procedure.
I care about vulnerable Utahns who experience the same stresses. Who experience the same risk of financial ruin.
I want to help.