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  • House Energy & Commerce Committee Members Introduce Comprehensive Behavioral Health System Reform Bill
    Posted in Press Release on February 2, 2016 | Preview rr

    Today, Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) joined Congressman Gene Green (D-TX), Ranking Member of the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee, and four other members of the Committee, to introduce the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Reform and Recovery Act of 2016. The bill increases investments in services and resources across the entire spectrum of mental health care, reflecting policy priorities put forth by Democratic members during ongoing Health Subcommittee efforts this Congress. “It is... Read more

  • Loebsack Introduces Legislation to Improve Integration of Primary and Mental Health Care
    Posted in Press Release on January 19, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congressman Dave Loebsack recently introduced legislation to incentivize the integration of primary and behavioral healthcare. The Behavioral Health Care Integration Act (H.R. 4388) would authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to award competitive grants to merged practices that offer both mental health services and primary care within the same shared space in the same facility. Physical and behavioral health issues often go hand in hand. Tragically, individuals with mental health... Read more

  • Loebsack, Costello Reestablish Bipartisan Congressional 21st Century Skills Caucus
    Posted in Press Release on January 11, 2016 | Preview rr

    Recently, Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Congressman Ryan Costello (R-PA) announced the reestablishment of the bipartisan Congressional 21st Century Skills Caucus (21CS Caucus). Recognizing the need to better prepare more Americans for learning and work, the 21CS Caucus intends to serve as a bipartisan forum for advancing the discussion on how to effectively promote 21st century skills in our nation's educational system and better prepare our students with the right knowledge and skills to... Read more

  • Loebsack, Young to Host Coffee for Iowans Next Week
    Posted in Press Release on January 7, 2016 | Preview rr

    Iowa Congressmen Dave Loebsack and David Young today announced they will host a coffee for all Iowans visiting Washington, D.C. next Tuesday, January 12th. The coffee is open to all Iowans and is an opportunity for individuals to ask questions, voice concerns, share ideas, and discus issues of importance to them, Iowa communities, and the state. Beginning in February, every week the House is in session, Congressmen Loebsack and Young plan to host these coffee meetings for Iowans visiting the Was... Read more

  • Loebsack Statement on President Obama’s Speech on Reducing Gun Violence
    Posted in Press Release on January 5, 2016 | Preview rr

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after President Obama laid out his proposal to help curb gun violence. “As a native Iowan, I was raised with an appreciation for Iowa’s hunting traditions and am a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights. I believe that improving our background check system can help to address the safety of our communities while also protecting those Second Amendment rights. “I have long advocated for an increased investment in mental healt... Read more

  • President Signs Loebsack Legislation to Help Critical Access Hospitals In Iowa & Nationwide Into Law
    Posted in Press Release on December 21, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA) released the following statement today after the President signed S. 1461 into law. Loebsack joined with Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) to introduce the House version of the legislation, which prevents Medicare’s enforcement of unreasonable and inflexible direct supervision rules for outpatient therapy services at Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and other small, rural hospitals. This legislation was introduced this summer, passed the House and Senate this fall and was... Read more

  • Loebsack Statement on CMS Delay of Iowa’s Proposed Medicaid Transition
    Posted in Press Release on December 17, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent a letter to the state of Iowa indicating they must delay the proposed move to privatized management of Iowa’s Medicaid program for 60 days. The letter indicated that the state of Iowa has significant issues to address before more than 560,000 Iowans who rely on Medicaid services switch to the new program. Originally, Governor Branstad intended for the transition to go ... Read more

  • Loebsack Statement on House Passage of the Tax Extenders Package
    Posted in Press Release on December 17, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the House of Representatives passed HR 2029, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015. Among other provisions, the bill extends the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy. Loebsack has been leading the fight in Congress for this extension in order to give the wind industry and the thousands of jobs in Iowa that it supports, the stability and certainty it deserves. HR 2029 also includes tax extenders for charit... Read more

  • Loebsack Applauds Passage of Five-Year Highway Bill
    Posted in Press Release on December 3, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Dave Loebsack today voted in favor of the conference report on Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. This measure reauthorizes highway, bridge, transportation safety, and public transit projects for the next five years and provides $281 billion in guaranteed funding. Also included in the conference report is a fix to the devastating cuts to the crop insurance program, which were included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 that passed earlier this year. Loebsack helped... Read more

  • Loebsack Backed Legislation to Improve K-12 Education Passes House
    Posted in Press Release on December 2, 2015 | Preview rr

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after the House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation replaces the outdated No Child Left Behind and ensures children across the country have access to a quality education and important resources and opportunities that will prepare them for college and career. The bill was passed by a bipartisan vote of 359-64 and now goes to the Senate for consideration. “As someone who grew up in poverty... Read more