SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – 4th District U.S. Representative Randy Feenstra visited the Siouxland Community Health Center on Thursday.
The CEOs of nearly all of Iowa’s 14 community health centers were on hand to share their concerns about issues impacting health care in the state.
Labor shortages and high prescription drug costs have drawn attention, as has a trend of high infant and maternal mortality rates largely due to lack of access.
“For the past few years we had 10 different maternity wards closed in our state and so what that does is create health care deserts in our state where women travel 50 to 100 miles just to get maternity care and so when they have to give birth and they have to go 100 miles, which really creates a bad outcome,” Feenstra said.
As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to issue an opinion on abortion, Rep. Feenstra told reporters he stands by his belief in anti-abortion rights, instilled in him by his faith.
“It’s so important that we take care of women’s health, which I just mentioned, but it’s also about making sure that we take care of every little child that’s born in this great country,” said Feenstra.
When Congress resumes next week, Feenstra said he plans to co-sponsor legislation known as the “Protect 340-B Act.”
It would prohibit big pharma from penalizing medical providers who participate in the drug pricing program.