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Groups Unite to Oppose Destructive Health Care Bill

Saying that “health care is too important to get wrong,” groups representing hospitals, physicians and health insurance plans all warned that the bill’s cuts to Medicaid would cause millions of Americans to lose their coverage and the changes would weaken individual insurance markets, making coverage more costly. They also warned that patients and consumers will lose important protections and those with significant illnesses will be charged higher premiums and may not be able to buy coverage.

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Latest Repeal-and-Replace Plan is the Worst Yet

The latest Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal-and-replace plan may be the last, which is why the proposal authored by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy is picking up steam despite the threat it poses to state budgets, taxpayers and vulnerable citizens. The Graham-Cassidy proposal will undermine state Medicaid programs and put taxpayers at risk for funding other state programs.

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Will Congress Continue Coverage for 9M Children?

A popular federal-state program that provides health coverage to millions of children in lower- and middle-class families is up for renewal September 30. But with a deeply divided Congress, some health advocates fear that the Children’s Health Insurance Program could be in jeopardy or that conservative lawmakers will seek changes to limit the program’s reach.

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Iowa Ranks Second in Overall Health Care Cost, Quality

Iowa ranks second in the nation for overall health care quality, a new analysis by WalletHub has found. The analysis compared all 50 states across 35 measures of cost, accessibility and outcome. While Iowa ranked high in all measures, it was number two for health care costs. And in another recent WalletHub study, Iowa ranked fourth in the nation for children’s health care.

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Advocacy: Democracy’s Most Powerful Ability

It’s heroes like these and the countless other Americans who tirelessly engaged policymakers with a clear message that politics and party control are no match for the advocacy and spirit of American citizens. Despite the personal, physical and economic cost, these individuals showed up to carry out one of the most fundamental aspects of democracy: advocacy.

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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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