I vow to stand up for accessible health care for Missourians. We cannot allow partisan politics to prevent or restrict aid to our most vulnerable populations. The availability of healthcare to our neighbors, our friends, and our colleagues is of the utmost importance to me. The passing of Medicaid Expansion is critical. Adequate funding for local public health agencies empowers healthcare leaders to implement preventive and educational programs, and improve health for Missouri families. Medicaid beneficiaries have access to a myriad of health services not readily available to the uninsured, and more than 250,000 residents of the Kansas City area are currently uninsured. I will stand up to eliminate barriers to health for the uninsured and under-served. Absent Medicaid expansion is leaving thousands of hard working residents behind and this is unacceptable.