Elderly couple in hospital
Val’s Priorities

Health Care

As a physician, Val will protect and expand health care.

As a physician and public health advocate, Val has spent her career fighting for health care access and affordability for families. Val fought for passage of the Affordable Care Act with the National Physicians Alliance, which helped 23 million Americans, and more than one million Pennsylvanians, get health care coverage, some for the first time in their lives, and protect those living with pre-existing conditions from being denied by insurance companies for health conditions like asthma and cancer.  As good as that was, Val knows there’s still much more to do. 

To build off that work, Val supports lowering the eligibility age for Medicare and adding a public option to the marketplace. She understands that prescription drugs are far too expensive for the people who need them and supports allowing Medicare to negotiate directly with drug companies. She will stand up to any proposed cuts to the Medicare program. She supports current efforts to expand Medicare to cover vision, dental, and hearing aids, and in the Senate, would work to continue strengthening Medicare for our nation’s seniors. 

Val has seen firsthand that our health care system doesn’t treat every patient equally, especially Black and Brown Americans. From the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Americans of color, to the higher rates of certain health conditions among Black Americans, it is clear that systemic racism has led to a health equity gap that’s left people of color with worse health outcomes. Val is committed to tackling health disparities in the U.S. Senate to create greater equity when it comes to accessing quality, affordable health care for all Pennsylvanians. 

Val believes this must include a focus on the disparities in health outcomes for Black moms, which she has seen firsthand during her time on the labor and delivery floor, and her position on Pennsylvania’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee. She understands that improving health outcomes for Black moms will require investment, implicit bias training, programming that reaches moms during pregnancy and when they are postpartum, and expanding postpartum Medicaid coverage.

 

Val Arkoosh with Doctors