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AHCA: A Storm Gathering on the Horizon

Obscured by foggy notions of improved fiscal flexibility for states and broader insurance choices for individuals, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) will in fact hamstring state budgets and wipe out coverage in ways that endanger the health of thousands of Iowans and the financial viability of the 118 community hospitals they count on.

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IHA Foundation Awards $119K in Scholarships

IHA established the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program in 2004 to help address the ongoing shortage of health care professionals and encourage young Iowans to establish or continue their careers with Iowa hospitals. The first scholarships were awarded in 2005 and nearly 400 students have benefited from the program.

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IHA CEO Provides “Close Up” of AHCA Issues

Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) President and CEO Kirk Norris appeared over the weekend on “Close Up”, an in-depth news program on KCCI in Des Moines. During his segment, Norris provided the Iowa hospital perspective on Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal/replacement legislation.

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A Chance Encounter as an Iowa Nurse’s Legacy Lives On

Evelyn Oppold Lawless’ life was coming to a close and Pam Westendorf’s was just beginning when the two women met in a chance encounter this fall. Evelyn, a 99-year-old farm wife who’d raised five children and found her passion in nursing, was admitted to Hansen Family Hospital in Iowa Falls. Pam, an LPN who’s working toward her RN, was one of those students. And she was looking for a sign. She wanted to know she was in the right place, doing the right thing.

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IHA Statement: AHCA House Vote

The Iowa Hospital Association (IHA) and Iowa’s 118 community hospitals are disappointed with the results of today’s vote in the US House of Representatives on the American Health Care Act (AHCA). We have serious concerns that the proposed legislation would cause harm to vulnerable patients, the health care delivery system, the state budget and the state economy.

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AHCA Remains a Threat to Iowans’ Health

The US House of Representatives is still considering the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a legislative package to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and make major changes to the Medicaid program. A vote could occur yet this week. Iowans should contact their US Representative and ask him NOT to support AHCA if it comes to the House floor for a vote.

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Iowan Receives Life-Saving Kidney, Shares Story

I found out I had kidney disease when I was 17. It was just a fluke, really. My high school class visited the local hospital. They sent me to watch some ultrasound procedures, but they had no patients so they used me to perform an ultrasound. The tech said, “Let’s look at your kidneys. Everybody likes seeing kidneys.” Well, not very many people had kidneys like mine. Mine were full of cysts.

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Thousands of Vets Gain Coverage Under ACA

The uninsured rate among veterans less than age 65 declined by nearly 40 percent during the first two years of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a new study by the Urban Institute with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The uninsured rate fell from 9.6 percent in 2013 prior to ACA to 5.9 percent in 2015, according to the report.

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Meet a Hospital Hero: Timothy Breon

Dr. Breon truly is an excellent surgeon, but also a very selfless person. He swells with a wonderful sense of humor; he supports community fundraisers not just financially, but with his time and talents; he’s an educator at heart and a very good speaker; he puts his patients first and will often pray with them; he’s a family man who is immensely proud of his five children.

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