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

November 21, 2019 Press Release
Washington D.C. – Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) voted with a bipartisan majority of Republicans and Democrats to pass H.R. 1309, Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act. Health care and social service workers – including nurses, doctors, social workers, emergency responders, and other types of caregivers – experience disproportionately high rates of workplace violence.
November 21, 2019 In The News

KMA Land, Ryan Matheny, November 21, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) -- Iowa Third District Congresswoman Cindy Axne is joining colleagues on both sides of the aisle in demanding answers following a nationwide shortage of a critical pediatric cancer drug.

November 20, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) led a bipartisan letter with Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16) to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting information on shortage of vincristine, a vital pediatric cancer drug. The letter, joined by 10 of their colleagues, highlights the critical importance of vincristine in treatments for children fighting cancer and the dire consequences of the shortage. According to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports, the United States faces a critical shortage of the drug that is expected to last until December or January.
November 14, 2019 Press Release
Washington – U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) addressed the House of Representatives, calling for action to lower the cost of prescription drugs.
November 7, 2019 Press Release

Washington DC – U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), along with 50 bipartisan new members of the House of Representatives, sent a letter regarding their concerns about the Health Insurance Tax (HIT). The tax, which is scheduled to go into effect for 2020 and 2021, would increase health insurance premiums for families, seniors, and state Medicaid markets. The letter was sent to House Republican and Democratic leadership, including Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader McCarthy, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and the House Committee on Ways and Means.

November 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced her co-sponsorship of the Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R.3). This bill is another piece of healthcare reform Congresswoman Axne supports to help bring high-quality affordable health care to all Iowans.

The Lower Drug Costs Now Act is estimated to save the federal budget more than $345 billion over seven years according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The bill would:

October 29, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Last night, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) praised House passage of three pieces of health care legislation that will work to lower the high cost of prescription drugs, reauthorize funding for the nursing programs, and improve options for end of life care.

October 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) signed onto legislation that would improve treatment, research, and diagnosis of rare diseases. The Rare Diseases Advancement, Surveillance Research, and Education (RARE) Act expands the ability of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve their research, diagnosis, treatment, education, and awareness programs for rare conditions and diseases.

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.