In March, Gena Ross was diagnosed with COVID-19. In a Virtual Town Hall with Kathy Ellis, Ross said, “COVID is like a bad word to me. It hasn’t been nice to me.” Her battle included two hospital visits and lasted until May when she finally received two negative tests back to back. All of this occurred while she was running her own primary race without help.
While she was beginning to recover, she received numerous bills from the hospital asking her to pay thousands of dollars for the care she received. A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that costs for treating a serious case of COVID-19 could cost upwards of $20,000, even for those with insurance. After her months-long battle with COVID, Ross had to begin a battle with her insurance company.
While Ross’s bills were eventually covered by her insurance provider, she realizes that not everyone has that luxury. "The bills are real! And some people can afford them, but some people cannot," Ross said to KSHB-TV.
Americans need access to affordable healthcare and Ross agrees. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 9% of Missourians are uninsured. That is approximately 552,000 people that do not have access to healthcare. Ross has stated her belief that healthcare is a fundamental human right.
“People don’t know what to do because we’re getting different answers every day,” Ross said. “It’s pathetic. Back in March, if we would have had everything shut down, or you know, had more knowledge, if we were given the truth, maybe we wouldn’t be in this predicament today. We probably could have been past all of it.”
As a Missouri Congresswoman, Ross will bring the change needed to reform the healthcare system that Sam Graves has neglected for the past 20 years. Vote Ross in the coming election for MO-6 Representative!
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