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Polls Show Support for ACA, Protecting Medicaid

While the favorable margin for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is narrow, there is consistently greater support in the public for the government’s role in providing safety net health care coverage as well as specific key aspects of ACA, including expansion of Medicaid coverage.

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Hospital Innovates to Serve Kids’ Mental Health Needs

Bed-shortage issues, combined with the state’s low number of mental health providers and limited access points for services, leads to distressed people turning to hospital emergency rooms (ERs) for mental health care, which can be especially difficult for rural facilities that may not have infrastructures to appropriately provide behavioral care. At Mercy, we saw nearly 2,500 cases of mental health or substance abuse conditions in our ER last year.

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Nurse Provides Unwavering Dedication to Council Bluffs

As a registered nurse for more than 44 years, Becky Henkel has dedicated her life to serving patients and developing other people to do the same. She is a Hospital Hero because of her collaborative approach to coordinating care and staffing across all areas of inpatient, outpatient, behavior health and emergency departments

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ACA Next Steps: Stabilizing the Insurance Markets

While the wholesale repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was always the wrong way to go, the need for urgent policy action regarding the law remains. Insurers’ final premium rate filings are due in just weeks and insurer contracts must be signed in mid-September, yet insurance marketplaces remain at serious risk.

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Just ‘Doing Something’ Puts Health and Lives at Risk

Iowa health care advocates know that rolling back the Affordable Care Act would deprive thousands of their family, friends and neighbors of coverage. They know real progress in improving the health and well-being of thousands of Iowans, who were previously trying to get by on the edges of the health care system, would be lost. They know “doing something” will likely lead to doing harm. And that is simply not acceptable.

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Tell Senators: No Proceeding with Medicaid-Cutting Bills

A vote of this magnitude will have severe implications on Iowans and the health care providers they depend on. All Iowans must TAKE ACTION NOW and urge Senators Grassley and Ernst to oppose any legislation that would reduce current coverage provided by Medicaid.

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With Lives on the Line, Medicaid is Worthy of Heroic Effort

Health care advocates are engaged in the biggest and most consequential debate yet. A debate that, if lost, will fundamentally alter the nature of Medicaid, its historical mission and the state-federal partnership it established and built upon, including seven years ago through Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

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Medicaid Making a Difference: Beyond ‘Frequent-Flyer’ Status

For many years “Roger,” who lives in Council Bluffs, was often referred to as a “frequent flyer,” known on a first-name basis to many in the hospital emergency department and with local paramedics and several social service agencies. Often Roger arrived in the emergency department wearing soiled clothing and unable to take care of his own hygiene needs, let alone his health.

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BCRA Undermines Coverage and the Health of Iowans

In considering any changes to the current system, coverage must be the top priority. The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the health care bill being discussed by the US Senate, raises serious concerns in that regard. It is estimated that 22 million people, including more than 200,000 Iowans, will lose their insurance coverage by 2026.

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