This page presents the views of the candidate Cindy Axne (D), running in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District in 2018 against incumbent candidate Rep. David Young (R). Both candidates were invited to respond to the coalition’s questions on six important federal child and family policy issues. All responses are printed without editing.
A thank you to the Axne campaign for responding to these important questions.
Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or hawk-i pay for high-quality, cost-effective health care for 2 out of 5 children in Iowa. Together, Medicaid and hawk-i have increased the number of insured children in Iowa to 97 percent of all children. Iowa families in both urban and rural communities count on these programs to help their children grow into healthy, productive adults. As a federal and state partnership, Medicaid and hawk-i are dependent upon continuing Congressional support and leadership in promoting child health. Some proposals, however, have called for major cutbacks in Medicaid or capping federal participation. While not directed specifically to children, these could have major impacts upon the ability of states to cover children under Medicaid and hawk-i. These programs also form the backbone for providing mental health coverage and services for children, which represents one of the largest challenges to meeting children’s health needs in Iowa.
What actions will you take to ensure access to health services to address the developmental, emotional, and mental health needs of infants, children and young adults?
Every American should have access to high quality, affordable healthcare, and that includes our infants, children and young adults. In Congress, I will always fight to protect Medicaid and the programs that provide care to our children, are fully funded by the federal government. I will also increase funding for our mental health facilities and work with partner organizations to make sure that our young people are getting the care they need.