Jen believes that the COVID-19 Pandemic is one of the most important issues facing RI.
– Our response to this crisis must take into account our preparedness for future crises as well as our economic recovery.
– Increasing Medicaid funding, uncoupling health insurance from employment, and promoting safe staffing for nursing homes needs to be a priority.
– Economic relief must be provided to laid-off workers, struggling small business owners, and all those whose lives and livelihoods have been turned upside down through no fault of their own.
– The Covid crisis has shown clearly that even the best employer-provided insurance means very little once the mass layoffs begin. Avoiding medical care for fear of taking on a crippling financial burden creates an unhealthy society in the best of times. During this global pandemic, however, it is a recipe for certain disaster.