Ann’s personal and professional life have revolved around healthcare. Her mother was the first full-time staff nurse at Lutheran General Hospital and Ann worked part-time as a unit clerk there to earn money for college. She experienced first-hand what a health tragedy can do to families when an accident left her father with life-altering injuries when she was just a child.
After receiving her law degree, Ann landed a job as in-house counsel to a non-profit staff model HMO owned by Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago – Rush formed the HMO with their . She then spent some time working in the health care practice of a large Chicago law firm after which she took her expertise from law into the business world, working as a consultant in managed health care where she navigated insurance companies, employers, hospitals and physician practices. She completed her career as the Vice President and General Manager at the CVS mail order pharmacy production facility in Mt. Prospect. Her experience makes her uniquely qualified to address healthcare issues in the State Senate.
From her experience, Ann knows that the state needs to maintain an effective and financially viable healthcare program, especially in light of the current attacks on the Affordable Care Act. Access is the key:
- Access to comprehensive and affordable health care for all, including mental health and addiction services. Ann supports adding a public option that would allow residents who can’t afford or are rejected by private insurance to buy into the state’s Medicaid system. Those needing access to health care would pay the full cost (at no additional cost to taxpayers) or use Affordable Care Act credits toward premiums if they qualify.
- Access to full range of reproductive healthcare for women. Ann supports funding Planned Parenthood and other clinic options that provide scientifically sound solutions. Clinics that only provide adoption services or require patients to view sonograms and other actions that undermine a women’s reproductive health care choices should not receive state funding.
- Access to affordable, quality care in rural areas. Assuring access in rural communities where hospitals are having financial difficulties and provider networks are overlooking doctors in smaller towns is a priority to ensure all residents of Illinois have access to health care.
- Access to needed medical services addictions. Ann supports providing all appropriate care to treat persons with addictions, including opioid addictions. . Opioid prescriptions should be tracked in existing databases so that providers and corporations responsible for excess use are identified, regulated, and where appropriate, prosecuted.