Rep. Axne Joins Congressional Health Care Task Force

March 5, 2019
Press Release
Health Care Task Force is committed to advancing bipartisan solutions to lower costs and expand coverage for all Iowans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congresswoman Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced she will join the Affordable and Accessible Health Care Task Force, a group of Members committed to advancing practical, bipartisan policies to improve our healthcare system, lower costs, reduce burdens for small businesses and expand coverage across Iowa. The Health Care Task Force is part of the New Democrat Coalition, a group of 101 forward-thinking Democrats in the House of Representatives who are committed to pro-economic growth, pro-innovation, and fiscally responsible policies.

“We need to fix our broken health care system. The cost of health care is bankrupting Iowa families and prescription drug prices are astronomical. Too many Iowans are forced to choose between paying their medical bills or putting food on the table,” said Rep. Axne. “As a small business owner, I also know how burdensome regulations can stifle innovation. That’s why I’m committed to working with the members of this task force to put forward practical, bipartisan solutions to lower costs and expand access, while also streamlining regulations for small businesses.”

The first task of the Coalition’s work will be to stabilize the individual market and encourage the Committees of jurisdiction to prioritize strengthening the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Congresswoman Axne is committed to expanding access to quality, affordable health care for all Iowans. Last week, Congresswoman 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.

Earlier this month, Congresswoman 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.