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Value Them Both Amendment — Here it is!

WHEREAS, This proposition to amend the bill of rights of the constitution of the state of Kansas shall be known and may be cited as the Value Them Both Amendment.

Now, therefore:
Be it resolved by the Legislature of the State of Kansas, two-thirds of the members elected (or appointed) and qualified to the Senate and two-thirds of the members elected (or appointed) and qualified to the House of Representatives concurring therein:

Section 1. The following proposition to amend the constitution of the state of Kansas shall be submitted to the qualified electors of the state for their approval or rejection: The bill of rights of the constitution of the state of Kansas is hereby amended by adding a new section to read as follows:

“§ 22. Regulation of abortion. Because Kansans value both women and children, the constitution of the state of Kansas does not require government funding of abortion and does not create or secure a right to abortion. To the extent permitted by the constitution of the United States, the people, through their elected state representatives and state senators, may pass laws regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, laws that account for circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, or circumstances of necessity to save the life of the mother.”

Section 2. The following statement shall be printed on the ballot with the amendment as a whole:
“Explanatory statement. The Value Them Both Amendment would reserve to the people of Kansas, through their elected state legislators, the right to pass laws to regulate abortion because there is no Kansas constitutional right to abortion or to require the government funding of abortion.

“A vote for the Value Them Both Amendment would reserve to the people of Kansas, through their elected state legislators, the right to pass laws to regulate abortion because there is no Kansas constitutional right to abortion or to require the government funding of abortion.

“A vote against the Value Them Both Amendment would make no changes to the constitution of the state of Kansas and could prevent the people, through their elected state legislators, from regulating abortion in many circumstances. It would leave in place the newly discovered right to abortion first recognized in 2019.”
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access to healthcare #1 priority

I have served as a Medical Missionary to over 40 different countries. I have witnessed and participated in health systems that were government funded. Missing components included quality, excellence, opportunity and delivery of the quality health care. It was “just a job for the health care providers and staff.  It is not a plan for America, the public should have the right to choose. I am NOT in favor of Medicaid expansion and government involvement in health care delivery. I also oppose mandated employer-based health care coverages or payments thereof.

A solution to our current Medicaid cost reduction involves increasing the role of Nurse practitioners in Medicaid delivery by removing restrictions such as lower reimbursement and physician signatures.  Kansans should decide their health care provider and health insurance decisions.  I will promote an environment that fosters competition and choice in both insurance and providers, including providers, telemedicine, and safety-net clinics.

Access to healthcare is the problem, in Kansas. According to the Kansas Department of Health & Environment over 90 Kansas counties have some type of healthcare shortages. Expanding Medicaid does not fix the problem of health care shortages and access to health care. Furthermore, there is a shortage of MEDICAID accepting providers (Physicians, nurse practitioners, etc). Did you know that the KS Board of Healing Arts reports that there are 3,860 licensed physicians in Kansas? Sadly only 742 of these physicians accept Medicaid Insurance plans. There is no incentive for providers to accept Medicaid clients except mercy for their clients. In addition, the administrative burden has increased for those who are accepting providers.

Most people don’t realize that Medicaid reimburses at 50% or less than private insurance. Furthermore, you the patient, are often charged at over three times the actual reimbursement for the same billing codes. Most people also don’t realize that if you see a nurse practitioner in a medical office you are billed at the physician fee schedule, yet the nurse practitioner only receives 75% of that fee schedule with Medicaid. Who is pocketing the extra money, even if it is only a fraction of the reimbursement from private insurance?

I accept Medicaid insurance plans and the clients who choose this insurance. I believe in access to healthcare and giving back to my community.

Until we equalize payment for services rendered, equity of fee for service for all providers, while increasing provider who accept Medicaid, and most importantly decrease the provider shortages in Kansas. We cannot add another program that no one can service.

Our number one priority is getting Kansas ACCESS to Healthcare services.

 

Endorsement from NFIB

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Emily Carlson (NFIB), 907-891-4331 Small Business Endorses Cathy Gordon for District #18 KS House Topeka —The NFIB Kansas Political Action Committee has endorsed Cathy Gordon for State Representative. The PAC is comprised exclusively of NFIB members. “Our members support candidates who support small business, and Cathy Gordon clearly understands the challenges facing Kansas’s job creators,” NFIB State Director Dan Murray said. “We know Cathy will continue to work to create and maintain an environment where small businesses can succeed and create jobs.” The NFIB Kansas PAC’s endorsement is important to candidates running for the Legislature. Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. The PAC’s support is based on the candidates’ positions and records on small business issues.

I support a strong military

I support a strong US Military. Thank you to all of you who serve and have served in the US military.
I worked for over ten years in the country of Mauritania as a non-profit/volunteer health care provider. During this decade of service, I learned the value of our US military forces more than once, through the eyes of foreigners. While trekking through the great Sahara Desert, I watched US Air Force plane fly over and eventually land in the capital of Nouakchatt. I had no idea why it was there, but I was not the only who noticed. It gave me a sense of peace in the rise and fall of the government in Mauritania including the rampart jihadist camps of the interior. Twice, while in country, governmental coup d’etat occurred. Innocent people were harmed, jailed, and suffered great loss during this time. During these trying times, many of the Mauritania’s I worked asked if our US president could send our military here and help the people them maintain justice, peace and solidarity. They recognized the strength, the power, and diplomacy of our military. They wanted the same, not a military who continually overthrew the government, stronghanded the people and promoted fear. They wanted to be safe, and protected. Serving on the disaster relief team in the Careforr district of Haiti immediately after the 2010 earthquake, I saw first-hand the diplomacy, and peaceful maneuvers of our US forces. Day one, we hoped to set up a medical clinic in Carforr at the stadium. Mobs of fearful people kept us from proceeding to our destination. They were desperate for food, water, basic needs while suffering from injuries and losses. Anguished and grabbing at our clothes, backpacks and supplies, they charged our vehicles. We were told to stay in the truck until the situation was resolved. Within minutes two large military trucks worked their way through the crowded streets getting as close as they could to us. They stopped and one truck unloaded about 20 armed military personnel jumped from the back of the truck and surround us. The other truck, had the same amount of people and set up an incredible well managed diversion of food boxes and water for the starving people while we advanced through the multitude. It was amazing, it was peaceful, and it was diplomatic, it was our National Guard. They calmed a crowd while protecting their own to serve others. One of the core responsibilities of our constitution is that our federal government supplies a military for the people. I support our military and I am very proud of their work.

A patients’ “eye view” of COVID19


My brother recently was discharged from the hospital after 57 days, during the COVID19 shutdown. We all were celebrating his release and improving health. My brother reached for my hand and asked about the COVID19 virus and how I felt. He then shared his experience as a patient, during COVID19.
“Sis” he said, “are you ok? I mean, these nurses that cared for me work so hard”. His head dropped and eyes looked directly at me, while he added ” they work with me all day, and then I wake up a night, and the same nurses are still there, like resting in the chair next to my bed. They don’t get a break”. He then asked me, “Are we caring for these nurses? Are we doing enough for them sis? I was so worried about them, they have families, are their families ok?”
We talked and talked about COVID19 and the shortage of PPE, the stress, the isolation, the lost jobs, the economy and much more, but again, he came back to “no sis, are they ok?”

Welcome Home

Your NEXT District 18 Kansas House of Representatives Member

It is OFFICIAL – I have recorded my candidacy for Kansas State Representative, District 18, for the 2022 elections.Shawnee, Kansas is my home.  I was born in Kansas from generations of entrepreneurs of hard-working farmers and small business owners.  I am a wife, mother, nurse practitioner and business woman in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors of our state.My mission, as your state representative is to be a voice of and for the people. As a nurse, I am very good at “listening to your needs”, focusing on your wellbeing, promoting healthy choices and planning best outcomes.  I will influence legislation that promotes health for people in our state without compromising excellence and quality. I will empower the small business to growth and flourish while creating jobs, and incredible work force. I will work hard to growth our state financially, enhancing our labor forces while educating to our youth to be good workers and community advocates.  I will work very hard for all of Kansas.I am a common-sense conservative, lifelong Republican, pro-life woman, ready to join our incredible legislature and work for my community.  Kansas is a state where dreams are possible, caring for our neighbors still happens, and doing the right thing exists.  Your vote is powerful.  Please vote for me, Cathy for Kansas State Representative in 2022.

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