It is imperative that everyone has timely access to healthcare services, if nothing else, to protect the health and well-being of others.
Health care providers are essential to the care patients receive. Therefore, I will fight for the enactment of policies that remove unnecessary barriers and ensure that all well trained, certified, capable and qualified healthcare personnel are able to treat patients, up to their level of competency.
The city of Las Vegas will work with the state, Medicaid and companies within the Insurance industry to maximize authorization for patients to be able to choose the healthcare service providers that best fit their needs. This includes reproductive healthcare policy.
Sexual Reproductive Healthcare care provisions vary from State to State. I will work to make certain Nevada bridges the gaps in the availability of comprehensive SRH care, to improve patient outcomes and experiences. Las Vegas will aspire to make Nevada the shining example when it comes to SRH.
My administration will work with institutional decision makers and policy makers to authorize the practices of several types of clinicians that are critical sources of SRH care. Those practices include Midwives, Advanced practice clinicians, Primary care physicians, and Obstetrician-gynecologists (OBGYNs).
Las Vegas will lead the effort to ensure Nevada Health and Human Services, institutional experts are called upon to decide which clinicians should be authorized to provide prenatal care, prescription forms of emergency contraception like Ella (the prescription “morning after pill”), testing for gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, and HIV.
Some clinicians may only be authorized to administer screening for psychosocial needs. Others to address transportation concerns, housing needs. Some to assess and remedy matters of intimate partner violence, and depression. Still other non physicians may be authorized to provide non surgical, non invasive healthcare services to LGBTQ patients
My administration would not support efforts for advanced practice clinicians to perform abortions for pregnancy termination, long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs) — IUDs and implants, hormone therapy or gender affirming surgery, cervical cancer screening.
My administration will also seek to ensure the affordability of SHR care for low-income patients, and limit the impact of their out-of-pocket costs for recommended tests or treatments, provision of contraception, abortion, and Sexually Transmitted Infection care.
To the greatest extent possible, Las Vegas will examine the role of Medicaid in the delivery of SRH, the screening practices for psychosocial needs, and the federal, state, local, and institutional level policies affecting quality and access to care.