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From the beginning of the debate over healthcare, Dave has said that his number one priority is to ensure Iowans have access to affordable, quality healthcare coverage. Dave has worked to improve the overall health and wellbeing of all Iowans.

With a mother who struggled with mental illness, Dave has also made it his priority to expand access to mental health care. Dave has championed legislation, the Behavioral Health Care Integration Act, which would bridge the divide between behavioral and physical health by awarding competitive grants to improve integration of primary and mental health care so providers can work together to best address and treat the whole person.

Dave has also focused on getting quality healthcare to rural communities that are seeing fewer and fewer providers. Dave’s bill, the Access to Frontline Health Care Act, would help encourage providers to move to and work in communities where the need is greatest.   

Dave truly believes that rural hospitals are bedrocks of their communities, which provide more than just high quality, local access to health care by stimulating the local economy and creating jobs in the hospital and community. That is why he has fought to address healthcare shortages in rural areas. He has teamed with Rep. Sam Graves to introduce the bipartisan Save Rural Hospitals Act to ensure that the nearly 300 rural hospitals don’t become shuttered in the upcoming years.

Finally, Across the United States, more than 30 million Americans, one in 11 people, have been diagnosed with diabetes. It is estimated that this prevalent disease costs the healthcare industry a staggering $322 billion each year. There is no doubt that diabetes has had a direct impact on families across Iowa. That is why Dave worked to get bipartisan legislation passed through congress and signed into law to establish a National Clinical Care Commission to improve and coordinate our national response to diabetes and other metabolic and autoimmune diseases. This bill will bring together clinical endocrinologists, specialists, health care professionals, patients and representatives from the federal agencies to coordinate and advance the search for a cure.
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