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 is committed to advancing practical, bipartisan policies to improve our healthcare system.

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More on Health Care

November 16, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) issued the following statement on the announcement of new statewide measures in Iowa aimed to slowing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19):

“The rapid uptick of new cases and staggering positivity rates in Iowa have put our state at the epicenter of this latest and deadliest surge of COVID-19 in the U.S. Our hospitals and health care workers are stretched to their limits, and the safety and prosperity of all Iowans are threatened by this outbreak.

October 19, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) wrote to Iowa’s health and emergency management leaders requesting information on Iowa’s contingency plans in the event of a shortage of intensive care unit (ICU) beds as hospitalizations from coronavirus (COVID-19) infections rise across Iowa.

October 14, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) urged federal health agencies to utilize established testing sites for coronavirus (COVID-19) to assist in distributing vaccines for the seasonal flu.

September 29, 2020 Press Release

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation cosponsored by Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) to expand Medicaid to help new mothers.

The Helping Medicaid Offer Maternity Services Act of 2019, or Helping MOMS Act, will allow states to provide one year of postpartum coverage for women under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 

The current law requires only 60 days of coverage for mothers. 

September 24, 2020 Press Release
Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) sent a letter to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds expressing concern over recent announcements from her administration about the inability of the State Hygienic Laboratory to meet federal testing requirements at Iowa’s long-term care facilities. “It is unacceptable we are only just learning from your team that there is not enough testing capability to ensure the safety of our most vulnerable populations,” wrote Rep. Axne. “Our nursing and long-term care facilities are doing all they can to ensure patients have limited exposure, but they cannot do their jobs safely without adequate testing support.”
September 15, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) led a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting they rescind or decline to enforce an Executive Order which would drive up the costs of insulin and epinephrine for patients at community health centers (CHCs).

September 9, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced a new $1,000,000 grant for central Iowa health centers to support construction and other capital improvement projects through funding from last year’s federal disaster relief legislation.

September 8, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) introduced new legislation that expands access to Medigap insurance coverage for all patients living with terminal kidney illness, regardless of age.

The Jack Reynolds Memorial Medigap Expansion Act is crafted and named in memory of John “Jack” Reynolds from Carlisle, who required decades of treatment for kidney failure stemming from an accident he sustained at age 4. Jack’s health condition inspired him to pursue a lifetime of advocacy for expanded coverage for others living with kidney disease.

August 27, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced $438,000 in new federal grants to support operations at three health centers in Iowa’s Third Congressional District.

August 19, 2020 Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) urged Speaker Pelosi to bring up a revised and robust coronavirus (COVID-19) aid package for passage when the House returns to session later this week.