"I got into this race to get things done. I am a problem solver, and I will listen to everyone in my district. My decisions will be made based on one simple test: 'Will this make our communities and the lives of our neighbors better?'"
- Carissa Froyum
A message from Carissa on the Covid-19 outbreak
The spread of the coronavirus has introduced a great deal of uncertainty into all of our lives. In some ways, it feels like I am back in DC as a young Americorps volunteer on September 11. I share the same sense of unknown, concern for my friends and loved ones, and deep appreciation for our first responders.
I am also deeply appreciative of the community I am a part of, as each of us steps forward to do our part. Here are some basic things that you can do:
1. Share your appreciation for our janitorial workers, grocery store workers, delivery people, health care workers, and first responders...
We will get through this together.
Why I am running:
This is our family's healthcare story
In April 2011, the lives of Carissa’s family changed forever with the birth of her second child. He was born with what the insurance industry calls a “pre-existing medical condition.” Her son’s condition is incurable and life-threatening: he does not breathe in his sleep. He requires a machine to breathe for him and a nurse watching him to keep him safe each night.
Private insurance companies rarely cover in-home nursing, even for the sickest kids. Due to the severity of his medical condition, Carissa’s son falls under Iowa’s Medicaid program. Carissa knows the healthcare crisis in Iowa from the inside. And she will work tirelessly on behalf of her constituents to address it.