Senator Heidi Heitkamp held a public forum today to discuss healthcare. Anyone was welcome to attend and ask whatever question they had regarding healthcare.
She had a panel of professionals with her to answer or add on to any questions asked. Many asked about how Heitkamp is going to handle Medicaid funding. There were even a few pipeline protesters in attendance. One big discussion included how the defeated anti-discrimination bill affects LGBT healthcare.
“What this does with it being defeated, is the fact that there are health care professionals who will not locate to North Dakota because of the lack of protections for LGBT individuals,” said Bismarck resident Kevin Tengesdal.
Before the forum, we asked Heitkamp if she has considered seeking for re-election in 2018. She diverted away from the question almost immediately saying, “I have not decided yet, but I know that these decisions on health care will be coming this congress and so it’s critical that we not only hear from provider groups and all of the — you know, I have an advisory committee that I rely a great deal of, but I never have had an opportunity to hear from patients directly.”
Heitkamp also announced there will be 2 million dollars in federal funding for North Dakota to combat opioid abuse through prevention, treatment, and recovery.