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Senator Amanda Ragan aims to improve health for moms and babies


This news story was published on January 27, 2020.
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The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties:

Amanda Ragan

Maternal health in Iowa is experiencing a crisis. Maternal mortality has increased at an alarming rate in recent years. Maternal deaths went from fewer than 15 in 2008 to almost 50 in 2019, according to Dr. Stephen Hunter, co-director for Perinatal Care at the Iowa Department of Public Health.

A big part of the problem is Iowa’s shrinking health care options and workforce:

· Iowa has seen 34 labor and delivery units close since 2000.
· Our state has the lowest number of obstetricians per capita in the country; 64% of rural Level 1 hospitals have no obstetrician on staff.
· Iowa has a high rate of cesarean births, as a result, which can lead to future health problems.

About 40% of births in Iowa are covered by Medicaid, but privatized Medicaid doesn’t cover the costs for delivering babies if health care providers follow the recommended standard of care, so hospitals lose money by providing labor and delivery services.

That’s why I’m signing on to the Healthy Moms and Babies Act (SF 2062), which will:

· Adjust Medicaid rates so that hospitals are adequately reimbursed for the care they provide.
· Ensure labor and delivery units use proven practices—known as “safety bundles”—that save lives during delivery.
· Expand home visiting services for pregnant women, new moms and babies.

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21 Responses to Senator Amanda Ragan aims to improve health for moms and babies

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 31, 2020 at 9:34 am

    Sorry’, Medicaid not Medicare.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 31, 2020 at 9:33 am

    40% of new births are women on Medicare? What’s wrong with this picture? Can they afford to raise a family?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 30, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    I can’t believe you guys think that improving the health of women and babies is a bad thing. No wonder your mama hates you.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 31, 2020 at 6:47 am

      How are you improving the health of a baby if you abort it?

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 31, 2020 at 7:15 am

        That is not what this is about. Read it and stick to the topic.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 28, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    Hmmmm, wonder who deleted my post?

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 29, 2020 at 7:46 am

      They always do that when you say something they don’t like about Ragan.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 30, 2020 at 12:24 pm

        How can you say anything good about her???

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    Mac R. Oni Reply Report comment

    January 28, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Studies have proven, the life of a child is better if it isn’t aborted.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 30, 2020 at 12:28 pm

      What a stupid, retarded comment. How can you study the life of someone that had not been born? The lack of education and common sense of some of the people who post on here is unbelievable.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 30, 2020 at 1:26 pm

        Damn, you really are that stupid.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          January 30, 2020 at 1:27 pm

          * Just proves what a college degree, or multiple college degrees prove NOTHING!

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            Anonymous

            January 30, 2020 at 1:27 pm

            *This just goes to show that anybody with an education does not necessarily mean they’re intelligent or have common sense.

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        Mac R. Oni Reply Report comment

        January 30, 2020 at 3:23 pm

        “The lack of education and common sense of some of the people who post on here is unbelievable.”

        Don’t put yourself down because you can’t understand when someone is being facetious. Some of you take longer to catch on to things.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          January 30, 2020 at 9:14 pm

          I am glad you find abortion something to joke about. I guess I find it too serious a subject to find humor in.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 30, 2020 at 1:49 pm

      Kill’em all go Trump!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 27, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Democrats always come up with ways to help people. They feel the best way to do that is to throw money into some new program(s). The only thing they don’t seem to have a grasp on is how to fund it. When will they realize that the govt. doesn’t have to fix every little thing, and that some things, no matter how much we dislike them, are just part of the economics of life.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 27, 2020 at 4:15 pm

      Kind of like trump. Spend money and don’t worry about the debt.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 28, 2020 at 7:31 am

        That debt came from the Democrats in Congress and you know it