Health Care

Cindy’s top priority in Congress is working to fix our broken health care system so that every Iowan has access to quality, affordable health care. Cindy will never let Washington go back to a time when Iowans with pre-existing conditions could be denied care.

In Congress, Cindy is committed to working with Democratic and Republican colleagues to put forward practical, bipartisan solutions to reduce costs, increase choice for consumers, lower the costs of prescription drugs, expand coverage across Iowa and streamline regulations for small businesses.

As a member of the Affordable and Accessible Health Care Task Force, Cindy committed to advancing practical, bipartisan policies to improve our healthcare system.

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More on Health Care

September 18, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) led a group of freshman Democrats, including U.S. Reps. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), Susie Lee (NV-03), Susan Wild (PA-7), Haley Stevens (MI-11), Abby Finkenauer (IA-01), Xochitl Torres Small (NM-2) and Chrissy Houlahan (PA-6), in introducing legislation to protect Americans from “surprise bills” due to out-of-date insurance directories. The UPDATE Act requires insurance companies to regularly update their provider directories to prevent patients from unknowingly receiving out-of-network care.
September 18, 2019 In The News

Radio Iowa, O. Kay Henderson, September 18, 2019

Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne is sponsoring legislation to address some of the unwelcome surprises on medical bills.

“The Update Act will require insurance companies to regularly update their directories to prevent patients from unknowingly receiving out-of-network care,” Axne says.

The bill makes it clear insurance companies are responsible for updating the lists that show which doctors, clinics and other health care providers are “in network” — and therefore covered by an insurance policy.

July 30, 2019 In The News
My top priority in Congress is to lower the cost of your health care. I have heard from too many Iowans who have been forced into debt due to medical bills, don’t have access to lifesaving care, or have to choose between paying for their prescription drugs or putting food on the table. Every Iowan and American deserves access to affordable, quality health care.
July 18, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), a member of the Affordable and Accessible Health Care Task Force, praised House passage of bipartisan legislation that would permanently repeal a provision within the Affordable Care Act that would raise premium prices on Iowa families. The Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019 would permanently repeal the 40 percent excise tax on the most expensive employer-provided health insurance plans, known as the ‘Cadillac Tax.’ Although the ‘Cadillac Tax’ is levied on insurance companies, if enacted, it would raise premiums on middle class families.
July 1, 2019 In The News

Tim Johnson, Daily Nonpareil, June 29, 2019

U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, told a modest-sized crowd Friday that she would “work with anyone” to serve her constituents in Iowa’s Third Congressional District.

She spoke to attendees at the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon at Holiday Inn & Suites.

June 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee voted to advance Rep. Cindy Axne’s (D-IA-03) bipartisan legislation to provide relief to rural hospitals. The legislation, which Axne recently introduced with Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE-03), will delay enforcement of burdensome regulations that limit the ability of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and rural hospitals to provide quality care.

June 25, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Reps. Cindy Axne (D-IA-03) and Adrian Smith (R-NE-03) introduced bipartisan legislation to provide relief to rural hospitals by delaying enforcement of burdensome regulations that limit the ability of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), or rural hospitals, to provide quality care. The legislation postpones implementation of “direct supervision” – or the requirement that a physician or nonphysician practitioner be physically present – for outpatient therapeutic services at rural hospitals until 2021.
May 22, 2019 In The News

Friends,

As I’ve traveled throughout the Third District the last few months, I have heard from so many of you about the daily impact that rising prescription drugs costs is having on your lives. 

May 22, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), a member of the House Affordable and Accessible Health Care Task Force, signed onto two bipartisan bills to lower the cost of health care premiums and save Iowa jobs. The so-called ‘Cadillac Tax’ and the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) were created as part of the Affordable Care Act, but their implementation has been delayed by Congress until 2022 and 2020, respectively. Rep. Axne today signed onto two bipartisan bills that would repeal these taxes permanently.
May 17, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) voted to pass H.R. 5, the bipartisan Equality Act, to ensure that all LGBTQ Americans are granted the full protections guaranteed by federal civil rights law. The Equality Act extends anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans with regard to employment, education, access to credit, jury service, federal funding, housing and public accommodations.