Derek believes that, in the greatest country on the planet, you shouldn’t go broke if you get sick or have an injury. As our representative, Derek has fought against attacks on the Affordable Care Act and has worked to build on that law’s success. He has sponsored legislation to protect people with pre-existing conditions, reduce the price of prescription medications, expand mental healthcare, and address the opioid crisis.
When the Trump Administration proposed reimbursement cuts that will devastate rural medical providers in our region, Derek introduced a bipartisan called the Protecting Local Access to Care for Everyone Act. This legislation would reverse the damage facing providers in our region.
Derek understands that Washington state’s healthcare system serves a diverse population with unique needs. That’s why he continually visits hospitals throughout the region and stays in contact with countless providers, constituents, and advocates.