Congresswoman Angie Craig Announces Kim Cesarek as State of the Union Guest
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig announced that Kim Cesarek of Burnsville, will be her guest at the President’s State of the Union Address on February 4th.
Rep. Craig met Kim and her husband Dustin Cesarek during her health care listening tour last year. Kim was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 33, learning of her disease when her daughter was only eight months old. She has lived for the last seven years through harsh treatments and remains focused on the possibility of the next lifesaving drug that will keep her living or perhaps one day even cure her disease.
“I’m honored to be joined by Kim at this year’s State of the Union Address,” said Rep. Angie Craig. “Kim has fought a merciless disease for the past seven years that has challenged and tested her and her family in more ways than most of us will ever experience. We must protect healthcare for folks with pre-existing conditions and ensure that lifetime limits on health coverage are truly a permanent feature of the past. We have much work left to do to reduce premiums and out of pocket costs for Minnesotans, but we can’t go back to the way things used to be.”
Rep. Craig is a cosponsor of several bills to increase insurance coverage, screenings and research for people diagnosed with cancer, including H.R.1730, the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act, a bipartisan bill that would ensure cancer patients receive equal coverage for treatment across insurance plans, and H.R.4078, the EARLY Act, which would reauthorize funding for breast cancer awareness outreach to young and higher-risk women.
Additionally, she has signed numerous bipartisan letters to boost cancer research, including a requested increase for the National Institutes of Health ($41.6 billion) and National Cancer Institute. Rep. Craig is a strong supporter of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at the Department of Defense and joined with many of her colleagues to support funding for continued research into peer-reviewed breast, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, and prostate cancers.
In total, Rep. Craig has written or sponsored 60 bills to lower the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs, including the State Premium Reduction Act, which would lower the cost in the individual marketplace.