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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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How the Senate Proposal Puts Iowans at Risk: A Mother’s Story

As the sole provider for her family, Janice is working very hard to provide for her daughter and give her the opportunity to attend college. When Janice heard that Spencer Hospital had certified application counselors to help navigate the insurance market provided through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), she jumped at the opportunity to meet for guidance.

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What We Know About the Health Care Bill

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) would undermine the Medicaid program, pull coverage from millions of Americans and drain state budgets. On top of all that, it is also a threat to rural America, the economy, public school districts, those facing opioid addiction and even Americans who are insured by their employer.

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Meet a Hospital Hero: Troy Buchholz

Those who work beside Dr. Buchholz get the pleasure each and every day to witness his amazing character and the outstanding care he provides. Dr. Buchholz’s dedication to Community Memorial Hospital and our patients is exemplary. He has a strong commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients and living the vision to be the health care provider of choice for citizens of Sumner and the surrounding community.

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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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