Congressman Dave Loebsack, who represents Iowa’s Second Congressional District, was given the Distinguished Community Health Advocate award from the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) this week. The Hawk Eye had a great story about Congressman Loebsack’s record of support for Community Health Centers in South Eastern Iowa, and across the country. Representative Loebsack said that “ensuring underserved populations and the uninsured have access to health care is his top priority when it comes to protecting health care legislation at the federal level.”
Loebsack said he would put the award up in his Washington, D.C., office not for his efforts but in recognition of all that the CHCs do with the limited resources they have.
He said the health care system is a patchwork and that CHCs, which provide services to both uninsured patients on a sliding-scale fee and to Medicaid and Medicare patients, fill a tremendous gap. Many of the services provided at CHCs are in lieu of patients going to hospital emergency rooms for care.
The goal of the CHC of Southeastern Iowa is “to provide affordable, comprehensive, culturally appropriate, cost-effective, primary health care to residents of the greater Southeastern Iowa region, especially those individuals/families with limited resources or with other barriers to health care, in order to improve their overall health status.”
Or put another way by Loebsack, a healthy society is a productive society.