Senate Update: Senateís health care plan best for uninsured Iowans by Bob Dvorsky, State Senator · Op-Ed · March 15, 2013
Most Iowans ó including legislators and the Governor ó agree that our health care system needs to do more to ensure the good health of Iowans and to reduce costs for everyone.
This week, Governor Branstad presented his alternative to expanding Medicaid, the Healthy Iowa Plan. I am pleased that, like the Senate plan (SF 71), the Governorís proposal rewards health care providers for improvements in their patientsí health.
I will carefully consider the Governorís entire proposal, but even at first glance, itís clear that his plan falls short. Hereís how:
ē The Governorís plan costs state taxpayers $163 million in the first year. The Senate plan saves state taxpayers $136 million.
ē The Governorís plan limits access to health care services, requiring Iowans to travel hundreds of miles for care. The Senate plan allows Iowans to get the care they need close to home.
ē The Governorís plan fails to include comprehensive mental health services and asks counties to send their property tax revenues to the state to pay for them. The Senate plan includes mental health services necessary for Iowans to get and stay healthy, and reduces the use of county property taxes to pay for them.
In short, the Senate plan costs less and provides better access to more comprehensive health care.
To contact Senator Dvorsky during the week, call the Senate Switchboard at 515-281-3371. Otherwise he can be reached at home at 319-351-0988. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.