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Iowa Congressman David Young was named an Eating Disorders Champion by the Eating Disorders Coalition. The Coalition recognized Congressman Young for his strong support of eating disorders research, treatment, and funding. Around 100,000 Iowans are affected by eating disorders.
Iowans work hard every day and as we grow older, we want to know we can retire with dignity and have what we need to retire in comfort with happiness. As I travel across the Third District, I speak with many seniors who want to know if Social Security and Medicare is under the threat of being cut. And I tell them – ‘not under my watch.’
Our government made a promise to the people – if folks worked hard and paid into Social Security and Medicare, it would be there for them when they retired. For decades, this has been the case, and it still is.
I have sat with families at Blank Children’s Hospital and with Iowans with disabilities in their homes who, like me, want to ensure protections for those with pre-existing conditions remain strong. I have a record of supporting protecting those with pre-existing conditions and have taken steps to ensure they can’t be denied coverage, charged more because of their condition, and they get the care they need.
Iowa Congressman David Young led a group of 27 members of the House of Representatives in introducing a resolution (H.Res. 1066) stating Congress must support protections for those with pre-existing conditions.
Our Republic was designed to make sure the people had a voice in government and could determine the outcomes of policy and laws made by Congress. I work every day to make sure I take the voices and will of the people in the Third District to the halls of Congress as I advocate on their behalf.
Our veterans deserve the best. When servicemembers return home, we owe them a deep debt of gratitude and so much more. In Congress, I'm working to make sure we are paying back that debt whenever possible.
I hear from many veterans who have been exposed to toxic burn pits. Many servicemembers who were part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom were exposed to burn pits during their time in service to our nation. When they returned home, they were left to battle a wide range of negative conditions, some of those have been fatal.
Representatives David Young and Collin Peterson (MN-07) have introduced the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act, to address coverage denials for patients with congenital anomalies and birth defects. This bipartisan legislation will help these individuals afford costly reconstructive treatments for a range of conditions including cleft lip or palate, skeletal deformities, and dental defects.
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) released its final cervical cancer screening recommendations which included co-testing - a combination of a Pap test and a HPV test for women aged 30-65 - as the recommended screening method after members of Congress, led by Congressman David Young, urged co-testing to be included.
Iowa Congressman David Young and Congressmen Gus Bilarkis (FL-12), Raul Ruiz (CA-36), and Peter Welch (VT-AL) introduced the Protection for Veterans Burn Pit Exposure Act of 2018 (H.R. 6582) to deliver care to veterans suffering from their exposure to burn pits.
2018 is quickly passing by and it’s important to reflect on our accomplishments as a community and country, and continue to strive towards improvements for Iowa.
The first half of 2018 has been busy and productive. I’ve been working hard on behalf of my bosses - the folks of Iowa’s Third District. I wanted to take a moment to report to you on just some of my work so far this year.