Parents who have children with autism face a host of unique challenges including costly treatment and therapy. For several years, the legislature has worked to extend insurance coverage for these services so caregivers can better access the quality care that their children need to succeed.
Earlier this month, we were able to pass House File 215 which expands insurance coverage for children who need autism services. The bill requires certain health insurance policies, plans, and contracts to provide coverage for applied behavior analysis to treat autism spectrum disorder. It ensures access to programs with proven, positive outcomes for the child’s development.
This bill was personally important to me and a huge victory for hundreds of families across the state. Governor Branstad signed the bill into law last week and I had the honor of witnessing the ceremony along with several families impacted by the legislation.
Senate File 250 - Breast Density Notification Requirement
Another key highlight from the week is the passage of Senate File 250 which requires doctors to notify patients if they have dense breast tissue and are therefore more susceptible to breast cancer. This is another bill that has been in the works for several years and I was thrilled to see it pass the House this week. We had many advocates from Army of Pink in the House chamber during the bill’s passage and it was an emotional celebration for all involved.
State Legislature Hard at Work
This session, House Republicans have tackled many tough issues and made a lot of progress on our legislative priorities. While there is a common frustration that the federal government and politicians in Washington, D.C. don’t operate efficiently, your state legislators have been hard at work moving Iowa forward. This recent article by the Cedar Rapids Gazette notes that “despite both possessing unfettered control, Republicans in Des Moines have had far greater legislative success than Republicans in Washington.”
Dowling Catholic Football Champs Visit Capitol
On Tuesday, I and fellow Polk County legislators had the privilege of hosting captains and coaches of the Dowling Catholic High School football team. They were the 4A State Football Champions this past fall winning their fourth straight title. They were at the Capitol to be recognized for their achievement.
Athletes Peter Nank, Jack Koerner, Jake Hummel, and Ryan Mells, are joined by their coach Tom Wilson and other Dowling staff during their visit to the Capitol.