Travisia Martin for North Dakota Insurance Commissioner

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Press Release - April 28, 2020

Healthcare Professional Announces Candidacy for North Dakota Insurance Commissioner amid COVID-19

BISMARCK - Travisia Martin, a healthcare professional with over 40 years of experience, officially announced her campaign for North Dakota Insurance Commissioner today. Martin, who lives in Bismarck, is the first African American woman to seek a statewide office in North Dakota's history. The North Dakota Democratic-NonPartisan League Party (ND Dem-NPL) officially endorsed Ms. Martin at its statewide convention on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

"We are excited to support Travisia's historic campaign,” stated The Democratic-NPL Party Chairwoman Kylie Oversen. "With her extensive healthcare background, Travisia is dedicated to supporting and improving the Affordable Care Act (ACA) while addressing the lack of providers across the state in critical, mental, and general healthcare. She is determined to uphold the Insurance Department's commitment of ‘vigorous consumer protection efforts.' We look forward to helping her become the state's next Insurance Commissioner.”

Ms. Martin has worked as a Critical Care Respiratory Specialist for more than four decades. She's travelled to all 50 states including Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada, serving in hospitals and has seen firsthand how being uninsured or underinsured creates a significant threat to the health and well-being of all citizens. In hospitals throughout North Dakota, she has witnessed how a shortage of providers due to lack of funding in rural and tribal areas means access to healthcare is far different from one community to the next.

Travisia Martin stated, "Now more than ever we must elect officials who understand what happens when healthcare workers and patients don't get the resources they need. We have to recognize that disbanding the ACA would be a disaster for thousands of North Dakotans who would lose protections for preexisting conditions or who live in rural communities where hospitals would be forced to shutter. I've spent my whole career on the front lines of healthcare. I've worked with the richest and the poorest patients, and we have to address the healthcare crisis many North Dakotans faced long before this pandemic. Regardless of the party you identify with, we're all touched by illness and we all have a responsibility to care for the most vulnerable. This is a bipartisan issue where we all need to come together for the greater good. I want to make sure our families and our neighbors have access to healthcare, and I'm committed to leading the conversation about how to make that a reality for all North Dakotans while developing a strategy for implementation.”

The ACA is still under attack, as are its protections for preexisting conditions and support that keeps rural hospitals open for daily care and emergencies. And, with the current state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic, things are going to get worse before they get better.

"Naturally, people are scared because we have never seen anything like this disease before. I am committed to not only providing HOPE to North Dakotans during the COVID-19 global pandemic, but for many years to come. I am asking for your support and would be honored to have your vote as North Dakota's next Insurance Commissioner,” said Martin.

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