Health Care

Health care is a right, not a privilege. As we fight back against a global pandemic, it is more important than ever that Oklahomans have access to quality, affordable health care, including prescription drugs and telemedicine.”

– Kendra Horn

Highlights:

  • Kendra introduced the Capping Out-of-Pocket Costs for Seniors Act, which would lower drug costs for the 46 million patients who have Medicare Part D.
  • Kendra fought to supply frontline health care workers with needed PPE and hospital funding during COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Kendra is working to protect coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions.
  • Kendra voted to pass the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, a bill which would reduce prescription drug prices for all Americans and allow Medicare to negotiate directly with drug companies to lower prices.
  • Kendra worked to increase federal matching funds for Oklahoma as our state implements Medicaid expansion.

Kendra believes that health care is a right, not a privilege for the few. She has fought to lower the price of prescription drugs, eliminate lifetime caps imposed by big insurance companies, and protect access to care for people with pre-existing conditions.

Last year, Kendra introduced the Capping Out-of-Pocket Costs for Seniors Act, which would cap out-of-pocket prescription drug expenses at $2,OOO for patients who have Medicare Part D. More than 89,OOO seniors in Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District rely on Medicare Part D for care. Kendra’s bill was included in the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, a bill that took sweeping action to reduce drug prices and would allow Medicare to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies to lower costs. This legislation would reduce the costs of treating chronic illnesses like asthma, diabetes, and arthritis by thousands of dollars every year.

Kendra supports Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma, a move that will extend health care to 2OO,OOO Oklahomans who do not currently have insurance. For more than a decade, Oklahoma has lost out on a billion dollars annually by not expanding Medicaid. Kendra has fought for legislation in Congress that would increase federal matching funds for Oklahoma as our state expands its Medicaid program.

During the pandemic, Kendra fought to pass emergency legislation in Congress to send needed PPE equipment and funding to our nation’s frontline health care workers and hospitals. She helped to pass bills that make testing available and free, invest billions in finding a vaccine for COVID-19, and provide community health centers, local clinics, and rural hospitals with the resources they need to make it through the crisis.