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Issue Position: Health Care

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Ron Latz supports universal health care insurance coverage as well as using state purchasing power to lower the price of prescription drugs for seniors and others while expanding insurance coverage, extending health insurance to all children and fighting one of the top causes of preventable death--secondhand tobacco smoke.

For five years, Ron led the effort to pass the "Freedom to Breathe Act" that extended the indoor smoking ban to all workplaces, including restaurants and bars. The law will reduce health care costs and improve the health of workers and customers in indoor public areas.

During his time in the State Senate, Ron Latz has helped to fight for health care reform by providing money for a statewide health improvement program to prevent chronic diseases and a health care home model that reduces cost for patients with chronic health conditions through coordinated care. The legislature has worked on increasing access, choice and payment reform. During the 2009 and 2010 legislative session, Sen. Ron Latz voted to restore funding to the General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) program.


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