B.S. in Biochemistry, Kansas State University; M.D., University of Kansas
KEY HEALTH LINK
Marshall is a medical doctor who has practiced as an OB/GYN for more than 25 years, delivering over 5,000 babies. He served as chairman of the Board of Great Bend Regional Hospital.
U.S. Representative (KS-01), 2017-2021
2020 ELECTION CONTEXT
Marshall gave up his seat in the U.S. House to run in a heated Republican Senate primary against ten other candidates, including ex. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. President Trump did not endorse any candidate in the primary.
Pat Roberts (R) (retiring)
MOST RECENT PROFESSION
U.S. Representative (KS-01)
Marshall successfully primaried incumbent Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp in the 2016 election cycle on a wave of support from Kansas agriculture groups. Marshall was the chairman of Republican Study Committee’s health care task force and was one of the members involved in the breaching of the SCIF during a confidential investigative hearing on October 23, 2019.
On The Issues
Marshall claims to be the first person in Congress to substantively speak in either chamber about COVID -19 concerns on January 28. He is the lead sponsor of H.R. 8677, HEAL Act, bill introduced in October 2020 to provide Medicare payments for home health services furnished via visual or audio telecommunication systems during an emergency period. Marshall is a proponent of holding China accountable for alleged misrepresentation of the spread and severity of COVID-19. Marshall announced in May 2020 that he was proactively taking the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19.
Marshall wants the ACA repealed and replaced. In the House, Marshall voted in favor of the repeal of the individual mandate, repeal of the Cadillac tax and the repeal of the medical device tax, all of which were signed into law. Marshall supports covering individuals with pre-existing conditions and allowing children to remain on their parents’ insurance plans into young adulthood.
Marshall is supportive of hemp cultivation, but leans against the legalization of marijuana, wishing for more scientific research to be conducted on the medical benefits of cannabis.
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
In December 2019, Marshall sent a letter to House and Senate Leadership requesting continued funding for the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network to address the lack of mental health support in rural communities. He also is a champion of Veteran suicide prevention programs. Marshall supports funding that focuses on comprehensive treatment, prevention, recovery and rehabilitation programs for opioid addiction.
In a 2017 op-ed, Marshall stated, "Solving this [opioid] crisis begins in the doctor’s office. Physicians, nurses and patients must all be willing to understand the potential for addiction when prescribing, administering and taking medications."
Marshall has advocated for eliminating rebates for PBMs in Medicare drug purchasing, passing those savings on to seniors in the program. He was supportive of the President's drug pricing executive orders in July 2020.
Marshall was a co-sponsor of the Lower Costs, More Cures Act to lower drug prices through innovation and price transparency.
VETERANS HEALTH CARE
Marshall supports the PREVENTS roadmap, which marshals the resources of the federal government to stop the Veteran suicide crisis. Marshall also voted for the VA MISSION Act.
Marshall is staunchly pro-life and opposes all efforts to use taxpayer funding for abortions. In the House, he co-sponsored a bill to defund Planned Parenthood as well as The Heartbeat Bill. He also sponsored a bill prohibiting Paycheck Protection Program money from going to individuals and entities that provide abortions, with the exception of hospitals and for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest or endangering the life of the mother.
OTHER HEALTH CARE ISSUES
LaTurner supports expansion of telehealth resources as a "vital tool to connecting rural and underserved communications to medical professionals" and believes COVID telehealth changes should be made permanent. He also believes the 340B program should be preserved to continue to help hospitals who serve low income patients in underserved communities. LaTurner would like to reduce regulatory burden on hospitals by eliminating the 96-hour physician certification rule and eliminating certain supervisory requirements for physician assistants. LaTurner supports the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation Model and endorses Rural Emergency Medical Center Act.
DID YOU KNOW?
On January 31, 2018, Marshall was a passenger on a chartered Amtrak train involved a crash near Crozet, Virginia. He administered on-site first aid and CPR to the injured.