Rita Hart releases plan to lower health care costs, expand access, and put patients first
Rita Hart, lifelong Iowan, farmer, 20-year educator, and Democratic candidate for Iowa’s Second Congressional District is releasing her health care plan entitled: “Patients First: My plan for lower costs and better care.”
“Health care is the issue I hear about more than any other – even before coronavirus,” said Hart. “Like it is for so many Iowans, health care is personal for me. My mom struggled with chronic conditions and my nephew requires home health care. I’ll work to protect coverage, expand access, and lower costs.”
The plan, available here, focuses on seven planks:
- Build on the successes of the Affordable Care Act
- Reduce the cost of prescription drugs
- Create incentives for high-need providers in rural areas like OB-GYNs, psychologists, and psychiatric nurses
- Increase rural access by promoting telehealth, peer support, and protecting the Post Office
- Treat mental health and mental illness with the same seriousness as physical health
- Fix Medicaid privatization
- Protect and strengthen Medicare and Social Security
As a State Senator, Rita prioritized lowering healthcare costs for small businesses and Iowa’s farmers. In Congress, she will take the approach that has earned her Republican endorsements, working with both parties to protect coverage for pre-existing conditions and lower prescription drug costs.
Rita Hart is a lifelong Iowan, farmer, and 20-year educator running for Iowa’s 2nd Congressional district. A graduate of North Iowa Area Community College and the University of Northern Iowa, Rita taught in the Calamus-Wheatland and Bennett Community school districts. After leaving the classroom, she led programs that facilitated career pathway opportunities for students with local businesses and served as an active volunteer in her eastern Iowa community. Rita is also a former member of the Iowa Senate where she represented a swing district and worked with both parties to deliver results for hard working Iowa families, small businesses, and farms. Rita and her husband Paul have five grown children. She and Paul live on their family corn and soybean farm near Wheatland, which they’ve owned and operated since 1986.