COVID-19 has reminded us that our individual health care depends on a healthy community. She will fight to make sure our state and local government has the resources they need to stop a pandemic and save lives. She will continue to advocate for nurses, doctors, and other health care providers to make sure they have the masks, gloves, and other personal protective equipment they need to be safe themselves as they keep the rest of us healthy. Locally, Joy will ensure Pierce and Kitsap counties have enough hospital beds and other medical resources to ensure we can all be healthy as we emerge from this crisis. Having spent 14 years working with seniors and other underserved populations to help them gain access to, and understand how Medicare, Medicaid and other insurances work together, Joy understands that healthcare is a basic human right. Joy and her family have personal experience dealing with the rising costs of copays and coinsurances and knows how hard it can be to access critical health care services when you need them most. By fighting to keep insulin and other critical medications permanently affordable, making mental health services an essential component of care plans, and using her experience navigating our complicated health care system to stand up to special interests and insurance companies, Joy will get our families the healthcare we deserve, and will always put us first.