U.S. Representative Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) finally made a postponed stop at the new primary health care clinic on the south side of Marshalltown on Wednesday morning after postponing a previously scheduled visit about three weeks ago.
Hinson, who was first elected in 2020 and represents Iowa’s First District, spent just under an hour touring the facility before making herself available for an interview with the media, and several key PHC executives were on hand to showcase the brand new building on Iowa Avenue West.
“You’ve been incredibly supportive of all the health centers in Iowa, so we’re just happy to have you anytime you’re in the neighborhood,” said PHC CEO Kelly Huntsman.
One of the main topics of discussion was the 340B program, which makes prescription drugs available to so-called “safety net” health care providers at deeply discounted prices. It has become controversial in recent years over claims by drugmakers that the program has been abused and harms patients. Hinson, however, felt that vendors like PHC are exactly the types of entities 340B should serve.
“Ensuring the program is preserved and not abused is one of my top priorities,” she said. “Ensuring that we have the right oversight on this while also being able to provide this benefit will be critical for the future of the program.”
Hinson made stops at every federally qualified community health center in her congressional district and said she was “incredibly” supportive of their mission because of her belief in the importance of access to care for people with disabilities. Iowans. The new PHC clinic is especially exciting as Hinson worked to secure hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding for the $2.2 million relocation and renovation project.
“It’s great to see the full outcome of this, not only for healthcare providers, OB, prenatal care, but also on the dental side. So they’re just sort of a one-stop-shop for healthcare said Hinson.
Hinson added that the “care team” approach at PHC has impressed her as it has increased efficiency and helped improve patient relations, and Marshalltown, in particular, has faced particular challenges with the wide variety of languages spoken here and the need for interpreters.
Hinson, who was heading to Des Moines after his visit ended, also took the time to answer a few questions about issues of national interest like the Democrats’ proposed Cut Inflation Act, which aims to target one of the most widespread concerns. across the country ahead of the upcoming midterm elections.
“Democrats are doubling down on their priorities, and their response when we go into a recession is to spend more money and raise taxes,” she said. “The Joint Committee on Taxation’s analysis shows that this will raise taxes on hard-working Americans below that threshold by $400,000 a year, which breaks President Biden’s promise not to do so.”
The congresswoman also expressed concern about the potential addition of 87,000 new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officers, who she said will primarily perform audits and target “hard-working taxpayers.”
“They will have more employees at the IRS after this bill passes than the State Department, FBI, Pentagon, and Customs and Border Patrol combined. This should scare everyone when you see how many people are going after taxpayers,” Hinson said.
Before hitting the road, Hinson offered to take the news that FBI agents raided former President Donald Trump’s Florida home on Monday as part of an investigation into the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot. and Trump’s handling of classified documents.
“This is an unprecedented raid, and I think the Justice Department and the FBI absolutely need to explain to us why they conducted the raid the way they did,” Hinson said. “When (the Republicans) take control of the House, we will provide strong oversight to ensure that these departments are not armed to prosecute the American people… We will follow the facts wherever they lead us, and I think that “It’s important that we do this surveillance because again, the American people need to be able to trust that these departments are doing their job (and) not targeting people unnecessarily.
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