Memorial Day- A Time to Remember our Veterans
As Memorial Day approaches, it is a good time to remember the sacrifices our veterans have made, and to thank them for their service. This year, the Iowa Legislature approved several bills to thank and support Iowa veterans.
One important bill that was passed this session ensured that equal military leave, nondiscrimination and reemployment rights are given to a National Guard members of another state if they work in Iowa, helping to streamline and simplify the process for Guard members. Also, the Legislature continued to fund the Veterans Home, Veteran county grants, and the Veterans Home Ownership Program which provides $5,000 to veterans to be used for house down payments and closing costs.
To celebrate our veterans during Memorial Day weekend, there are several events being held across the state. There is a free military breakfast taking place at the Iowa Gold Star Museum on May 29 from 6-9 a.m., an open house at the Iowa Gold Star Museum on May 29 from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., as well as several other events across the state. To find Memorial Day events near you, please visit https://va.iowa.gov/events.
Thousands to Lose Health Care Access
Four health care clinics in Iowa will close their doors next month and leave 14,000 Iowa patients without access to critical health care services like health exams, cancer screenings and birth control.
The clinics will be closed after Republican lawmakers approved a plan last session to eliminate Iowa’s Medicaid Family Planning Waiver and shut the door on $3 million in federal funding to provide critical access to health care serves.
The closures are four Planned Parenthood of the Heartland clinics in Sioux City, Burlington, Keokuk, and Bettendorf.
According the Republican lawmakers, Iowa’s current waiver program will be replaced with a state-only plan, but the impact of the new law is already reducing access to health care services. Even though state and federal dollars are already prohibited from being used for abortions, the new plan restricts any abortion provider from participating in the new state-only waiver system.
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