Des Moines —
The state of Florida, has taken a different approach that might merit looking into:
1. Their new system has a “Medicaid Marketplace” where patients can choose from at least 2 Medicaid plans.
2. Patients get a customized benefits package. Plans offer extra benefits and specialty care.
3. Patients can “opt-out” and get subsidized private coverage for themselves and their families.
To be sure, this issue needs to be dealt with and unfortunately there are no easy answers.
On a more positive note, this past Thursday Legislators were encouraged to wear red in recognition of the 10th Annual American Heart Association “Wear Red Day.” February 1st has been set aside to show support for women and their fight against heart disease. This issue is near to my heart, as my own grandmother passed away from heart disease several years ago. Since February is American Heart Month, I encourage you to visit with your doctor about heart health, or visit an area medical clinic. Many of them are hosting “Love Your Heart” type programs to test for heart disease and provide other screenings.
Feel free to contact me with your issues or concerns as they arise either by phone (515-281-3221), e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), or in person when visiting the Capitol. Again, thank you for the honor of representing you in House District 28. God bless!