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IHA Statement on AHCA

The Iowa Hospital Association is pleased that the American Health Care Act was not pushed through the House on a wave of political pressure. There is far too much at stake – and too many unanswered questions – to force through a bill that would jeopardize health insurance coverage for more than 20 million Americans, including 200,000 Iowans.

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AHCA: Bad for Iowans and Iowa

Iowa hospitals are urging the state’s congressional delegation to vote against the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the bill designed to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and which is expected to be voted on in the House today. It’s estimated that this legislation would cause 24 million Americans to lose insurance coverage. In Iowa, it is estimated that the 200,000 individuals who gained coverage under the ACA would lose their health care coverage.

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5 Ways Replacement Reverses ACA Course

In some cases the elements of the law that remain are due to political popularity. In others, it’s because the special budget rules Congress is using — so Republicans can avoid a Senate filibuster — do not allow them to repeal the entire law. But there are some major changes in how people would choose and pay for health care and insurance. Here are some of the biggest.

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ACA Replacement would be Harmful to Iowans

The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it has achieved important progress by insuring more Americans, providing greater access to high-quality health care and bringing greater stability to health care finances, among other improvements. As our federal legislators consider the future of the ACA, Iowa hospitals are asking Congress to abide by the adage: “Do no harm.” Unfortunately, this first attempt fails to uphold that principle.

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Iowa Hospitals Create $6.8 Billion Impact

“With nearly 325,000 jobs, health care is one of Iowa’s largest employers, and hospitals remain, by far, the biggest contributor to that number,” said IHA President and CEO Kirk Norris. “In Iowa cities and counties, hospitals are uniformly among the largest employers. As our political leaders in Washington, DC and Des Moines consider legislation and regulations that impact hospitals and health care, they need to keep these facts in mind. As providers of high-quality, low-cost health care, good jobs and economic stability, there is no replacement for community hospitals.”

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Why Iowa Needs Health Care Certificate of Need

The Iowa Legislature is considering a bill that, if enacted, would repeal significant portions of the state’s Certificate of Need (CON) program, putting community-based health care at risk. Here is why Iowa hospitals are supporting CON.

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Clinics Replace ER for Treating Mental Illness

Yolanda Solar’s story shows the progress that people with mental illness can make when they receive prompt and comprehensive care. She has not returned to the emergency room since beginning treatment in August. Hospital staff scheduled her appointment at the transitional care clinic through a web-based computer system before she left the hospital. Like most patients, Solar was seen within a few days.

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Iowa Still Needs Certificate of Need

In all parts of the state, Iowans depend on their community hospitals being there all day, every day. That level of access and preparedness is jeopardized by those who would significantly change or repeal Certificate of Need.

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Paramedics: A Key Link for Mental Health Care

For Paramedic Kelly Kjelstrom, plugging gaps in the mental health care system can mean something as simple as a late-night taco and a friendly chat. Part of his job is to help psychiatric patients in need of care avoid winding up in the emergency room, where they can get “boarded” for days, until they are released or a bed frees up at an inpatient facility.

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