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.

Cindy knows what it’s like to have to sell items on eBay to pay for medical bills when she gave birth to her son and has been dropped from her insurance company more than once. But Cindy also knows that her story doesn’t compare to the ones Iowans across the Third District face every day.  

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.

 

 

  • Rep. Axne joined a bipartisan group of members to reintroduce the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act, legislation to ensure health care coverage for Iowa children suffering from rare genetic disorders and birth defects. The legislation would close a coverage gap by requiring insurance companies and health plans to cover serious dental and oral procedures needed to treat congenital anomalies, or birth defects.

 

  • Rep. Axne signed onto a bipartisan effort to protect the Medicare Advantage program to ensure Iowa seniors have access to comprehensive, affordable health care as they age.

 

  • Rep. Axne signed onto the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act which would waive the 5 month Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) waiting period for individuals with ALS.

 

  • Rep. Axne signed onto the Mental Health Access Improvement Act of 2019 in order to bring more mental health providers into the Medicare system by covering services from mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists under Medicare Part B.

 

  • Rep Axne cosponsored the bipartisan Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act to make sure Iowa seniors have access to routine cancer screenings without the possibility of ending up with a surprise bill for hundreds of dollars.

 

For more information concerning work and views related to Health Care, please contact our office.

 

More on Health Care

April 24, 2019 Event

Come meet Cindy this Saturday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m. at the Mount Ayr Public Library in Mount Ayr! Cindy will be available to answer questions about her work in Washington and to discuss issues or concerns facing your community.

Having a problem with a federal agency? Have questions about a government program? Applying to a military service academy? Members from Cindy’s staff will also be in attendance to assist with casework concerns.

April 6, 2019 Event

Come meet Cindy this Saturday, April 6 at 10:15 a.m. at the Taylor County Historical Museum in Bedford! Cindy will be available to answer questions about her work in Washington and to discuss issues or concerns facing your community.

Having a problem with a federal agency? Have questions about a government program? Applying to a military service academy? Members from Cindy’s staff will also be in attendance to assist with casework concerns.

April 6, 2019 Event

Come meet Cindy this Saturday, April 6 at 12:15 p.m. at the Depot Deli in Shenandoah! Cindy will be available to answer questions about her work in Washington and to discuss issues or concerns facing your community.

Having a problem with a federal agency? Have questions about a government program? Applying to a military service academy? Members from Cindy’s staff will also be in attendance to assist with casework concerns.

April 5, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) urged House and Senate leadership to immediately pass a disaster relief bill that fully funds recovery programs for all affected areas, including Iowa. In a letter sent to Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Rep.

April 4, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) praised House passage of the bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which included the Axne STOP grant amendment. The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which Rep. Axne co-sponsored on March 7, will support key provisions of the landmark legislation, provide additional resources and address gaps in current law to better protect women in Iowa and across the country from violence. The bill now heads to the Senate.
April 4, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) successfully amended the bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act to include a provision to increase grant funding for local law enforcement, state agencies and community organizations to better combat and prosecute violence against women. The Axne amendment increases funding for STOP (Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors) grants from $40 to $60 million annually. The House is expected to pass VAWA with the inclusion of the Axne amendment later today.
April 2, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne’s amendment to the bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) advanced out of the Rules Committee to the full House for approval. The Axne amendment would increase STOP grant funding for local law enforcement agencies and community organizations to better combat and prosecute violence against women. The House is expected to pass the bill later this week.
March 27, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Iowa’s three Democratic Representatives, Dave Loebsack (IA-02), Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) and Cindy Axne (IA-03) called on the Department of Justice to drop its effort to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which would lead to the loss of patient protections, including for those with pre-existing conditions, reopening the prescription drug donut hole, removing the ban on lifetime limits and taking away the ability for young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance until 26. In a letter to Attorney General William Barr, Loebsack called on the administration to halt its efforts to strike down the ACA.
March 23, 2019 In The News

Des Moines Register, Luke Nozicka, March 23, 2019

Jen Steele became emotional as she spoke into the microphone. 

The West Des Moines woman's daughter was 6 when she was diagnosed with ectodermal dysplasia, a genetic disorder that has left her without 18 permanent teeth.

The defect not only affects the ability to chew but also a child's confidence and speech. Because insurance companies consider the treatment cosmetic, Steele's out of pocket cost was estimated up to $100,000 — more than her family's annual income. 

March 12, 2019 Page

Congresswoman Axne will have members of her district staff in central and southwest Iowa for open office hours. District Representatives will be available to assist constituents having difficulty with a federal agency, address questions to the office, and listen to issues or concerns facing communities.

Members of the public are welcome to attend. The April schedule for open office hours is available below.

 

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