Quality, Affordable Health Care

Congresswoman Finkenauer believes that health care is a right—not a privilege. Unfortunately, access to high-quality, affordable health care remains a challenge for many Iowans. She is dedicated to strengthening the Affordable Care Act and protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The law is not perfect and in some parts of Iowa, the cost of health care remains too high. That’s why Congresswoman Finkenauer supports the State Health Care Premium Reduction Act, which will help bring down the cost of health insurance for everyone.

As a new member in Congress, Congresswoman Finkenauer is already standing up to the corporations that have caused prescription drug prices to skyrocket. No one should have to choose between picking up their medication or paying the bills. Drug prices are unacceptable and Congresswoman Finkenauer supports legislation to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable by requiring greater transparency as well as make it easier for cheaper generics to come to market.

In some parts of Northeast Iowa, families struggle to find the care they need within their communities. From shortages of doctors and nurses to issues with transportation, they face a number of challenges when it comes to accessing health care services. For that reason, Finkenauer has developed legislation to ensure ongoing access to rural healthcare and is a strong advocate for community health centers and critical access hospitals dedicated to bridging this gap. She has also cosponsored legislation that will help meet this need through telemedicine and supports expanding access to mental health care.

Finkenauer is a strong supporter of Medicare and Medicaid, programs that many Iowans depend on. She has led an effort to ensure adequate oversight of the operation of the Medicaid program in Iowa and also to ensure our healthcare providers serving rural Iowa are reimbursed for their high quality of care and outcomes.

 

More on Quality, Affordable Health Care

November 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) introduced a congressional resolution to recognize and support National Rural Health Day, which is tomorrow, November 21, 2019.

Sixty million hardworking Americans live in rural communities and are increasingly facing barriers to accessing the health care services they need. This is because our rural health facilities
face systemic challenges, including low reimbursements, physician workforce shortages, and difficulty accessing certain technologies like telehealth.

November 19, 2019 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced the Social Security Administration (SSA) office in Decorah, Iowa will remain open and staffed with in-person service.

In a letter to Finkenauer, the SSA Regional Commissioner Linda G. Kerr-Davis wrote, “…we currently do not plan to close the Decorah, IA resident station. Rather, we plan to supplement our in-person service by offering an additional video service option and provide tailored public service through accessible community-based facilities.”

October 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) held a listening session in Dubuque to hear how prescription drug prices are affecting constituents in Iowa’s First Congressional District. Finkenauer hosted the event at Carnegie Stout Library with invited guests and shared how she is working with Democrats and Republicans on legislation to drive down the cost of prescription drugs.

Participants included Mickey King from Dubuque and Heidi Lilibridge from Benton.

September 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) helped introduce bipartisan legislation to ensure Iowa’s new and expectant mothers can get access to high quality health care no matter where they live. The Rural Maternal and Obstetric Modernization of Services (MOMS) Act – introduced with Reps. Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) – will help increase access to maternal care in Iowa communities that have seen their hospitals’ obstetric units close.

August 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced that three community health centers in her district will receive a combined $472,228 in federal funding in order to help them continue providing low-cost health services for Iowans.

June 17, 2019 Press Release

CEDAR RAPIDS - Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced the introduction of her new bill, the bipartisan Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act of 2019. Finkenauer made the announcement at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. 

May 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) helped introduce bipartisan legislation to address Iowa’s physician shortage. The Conrad State 30 & Physicians Access Act, introduced with Nebraska Republican Don Bacon (NE-02) and Illinois Democrat Brad Schneider (IL-10), expands and extends the Conrad 30 Waiver program that allows international doctors who have received their training in the United States to receive a visa to practice in a medically-underserved area of the United States for at least three years.

April 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) led members of the Iowa delegation in a letter supporting the US Department of Health and Human Services’ investigation into whether Medicaid managed care organizations have complied with federal requirements when denying patients access to requested services and prescriptions. Finkenauer was joined by Congresswoman Cindy Axne (IA-03) and Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-02) in the letter to HHS Inspector General Daniel Levinson.