Issue: BCRA

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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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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