In 2016, Barbara ran for the State Senate. There, she continued her fight to reverse the Brownback tax experiment, adequately fund our schools, and make healthcare more affordable for all. She partnered with then-Senator Laura Kelly and other commonsense leaders to build the bipartisan coalition that ultimately ended the failed Brownback tax plan that had devastated Kansas for years.
As a doctor, Barbara continues to be a leading voice of support for expanding Medicaid. In 2019, she called out the Senate Republican leadership for blocking Medicaid expansion while rural hospitals continued to struggle and close. She currently serves on the Governor’s Council on Medicaid Expansion tasked with building a bipartisan plan to expand healthcare for all Kansans.