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In Iowa’s Interest: More Than 160,000 Medicare Beneficiaries Access Free Preventive Services under Health Reform PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 08:22

by Senator Tom Harkin

Many Iowans know that in crafting the Affordable Care Act – the landmark health reform law – one of my primary goals as Chairman of the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee was to increase access to preventive care. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of preventive services, both in reducing chronic disease and in lowering health care costs. Well, according to new data released this month by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Iowans on Medicare are taking advantage of these new opportunities to access preventive care.

In just the first five months of 2012, the Affordable Care Act has helped 164,636 Iowans with original Medicare receive at least one preventive service at no cost to them. This also includes 10,841 who have taken advantage of the free Annual Wellness Visit provided by the Affordable Care Act.

Nationally, more than 14 million seniors have received at least one preventive service, including 1.1 million who benefited from the Annual Wellness Visit.

Under the Affordable Care Act, preventive benefits are offered free of charge to beneficiaries, with no deductible or co-pay, so that cost is no longer a barrier for seniors who want to stay healthy and treat problems early. The law also added an important new service for people with Medicare – an Annual Wellness Visit with the doctor of their choice – at no cost to the beneficiary.

What this means is that Iowans on Medicare can access cancer screenings, mammograms, and other preventive services to help them stay healthy and lower their health care costs by giving them the tools to take charge of their own health and prevent health problems. I encourage all eligible Medicare beneficiaries to take advantage of these new benefits.

To learn more about Medicare-covered preventive services, please visit: http://www.healthcare.gov/law/features/65-older/medicare-preventive-services/index.html.

To learn what screenings, vaccinations and other preventive services doctors recommend, please visit the myhealthfinder tool at www.healthfinder.gov.

 
I'm Your Prostate, It's Time We Met PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Skip Lockwood   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 07:37

Hello America,

 

This is your prostate.

 

I'm here to tell you that I'm sick and tired of being ignored. I may not look great in a bikini, but I'm just as susceptible to cancer as breasts, and now I'm demanding some attention. ZERO's been working damn hard to make testing and education available to millions of prostate-oblivious men, and I'm here to help. I'll be making my debut in New York this week, telling people exactly who I am, where I live, and how to treat me right.

 

To kick off Father's Day weekend in the Big Apple, Skip Lockwood, CEO of ZERO, is going to be on the Today Show this Thursday, helping me preach my cantankerous gospel to end prostate cancer. Later on, I'll be at the ZERO testing van with a posse of 13 pro-prostate picketers, informing every passing man that I'm not a happy gland when I'm ignored. And to hit it home, I'm going to tell everyone that the 3rd Sunday in June is no longer Father's Day. It's Prostate Day.

 

To celebrate my new holiday, me and some of the other glands down where the sun-don't-shine put together a few videos that make me look like a movie star. Click here to check 'em out on my new ZERO homepage, and while you're there, share them with your friends. Then print and send uncle Max a Prostate Day card. The more people that hear my voice, the closer we get to keeping me healthy, and maybe then I'll shut up.

 

Don't let me be ignored!

 

Your Prostate



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Iowa Seniors Staying Healthy with Health Care Law PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Sinovic   
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 07:12

More than 37% of Iowa seniors have received preventive services at no cost

DES MOINES, IOWA – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that the Affordable Care Act helped 164,636 Iowa seniors with Medicare get at least one preventive service at no cost to them during the first five months of 2012. This includes 10,841 who have taken advantage of the Annual Wellness Visit that is available to seniors through the law.

In total, more than 37% of Iowa seniors with Medicare have taken advantage of this benefit that is part of the 2010 health care reform law.

Prior to 2011, people with Medicare faced cost-sharing for many preventive benefits such as cancer screenings. Under the Affordable Care Act, preventive benefits are offered free of charge to beneficiaries, with no deductible or co-pay, so that cost is no longer a barrier for seniors who want to stay healthy and treat problems early. The law also added an important new service for people with Medicare — an Annual Wellness Visit with the doctor of their choice— at no cost to beneficiaries.

“Iowa seniors are staying healthy thanks to the Affordable Care Act,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa. “This is proof-positive that the health care law is having a positive impact for Iowa’s communities. These are real people who are seeing tangible health benefits as a result of the law. Our goal is to get information about the law to every Iowa senior so that we can bring the percentage of Medicare recipients receiving free preventive care services up to one hundred.”

For more information on Medicare-covered preventive services, please visit:
http://www.healthcare.gov/law/features/65-older/medicare-preventive-services/index.html.

To learn what screenings, vaccinations and other preventive services doctors recommend for you and those you care about, please visit the myhealthfinder tool at www.healthfinder.gov.

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Mayo Clinic Announces $10 Million Gift from Lawrence W. and Marilyn W. Matteson for Cancer Research PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Yusuf Dangor   
Monday, 11 June 2012 12:00

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Mayo Clinic announced today that Lawrence W. and Marilyn W. Matteson of Moline, Ill., have given $10 million to help launch the Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Therapy Program. With this gift, Mayo Clinic will also use matching gift funds to establish the Lawrence W. and Marilyn W. Matteson Fund in Cancer Research.

Mayo’s Proton Beam Therapy Program will use the most advanced intensity-modulated technology known as pencil beam scanning, which few centers now use. Construction of the proton beam facilities in Rochester, Minn., and Phoenix, Ariz., are under way, and one of four gantries in the proton therapy facility being built in Rochester, Minn., will be named in their honor. The first treatment rooms will be available for patients in 2015 in Rochester, Minn., and in 2016 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Unlike conventional radiation therapy, which can damage healthy tissue while it destroys the tumor, proton therapy delivers nearly its entire dose within the tumor, sparing healthy tissue surrounding the cancer. This form of therapy is especially vital in sensitive areas such as the brain and lungs and is especially useful for treating children, who are at higher risk for radiation damage because their bones and tissues are still growing.

“Mr. Matteson is a grateful patient who has been very impressed with the care he received at Mayo Clinic,” says Robert Foote, M.D., chair of the Mayo Clinic Department of Radiation Oncology in Rochester. “Mr. and Mrs. Matteson wanted a way to show their gratitude and chose to donate funds that will help us ease the burden cancer has on patients, especially young children.”

“This gift is going to benefit children who are going through terrible cancers to not have the residual effects they would have with regular treatment,” said Mrs. Matteson. “The side effects won’t be something that follows them for the rest of their lives.”

The Mattesons generously supported The Campaign for Mayo Clinic, a successful $1.3 billion fundraising initiative that concluded in 2009. Mr. Matteson and his son, Larry, of Burlington, Iowa, are the founders of L.W. Matteson, Inc., a marine construction and dredging company in Burlington. The company maintained one of the largest fleets of dredging and marine construction equipment on the Mississippi River. The company was sold in 2010. Mr. Matteson and his son maintain ownership of Matteson Marine, which operates switch boats on the Mississippi. Mrs. Matteson is retired from John Deere.

The Mayo Matching Gift Program recognizes that endowment of priority programs is critical for the future. In 2005 Mayo Clinic’s Board of Trustees created a matching gift program to build and enhance specific endowments representing Mayo’s highest research priorities. Mayo Clinic will match the annual spendable income from specific endowment gifts. Very few institutions of higher education are able and willing to match their benefactors philanthropic giving in this way.

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Iowa State Fair Sew-In Seeks Donations, Volunteers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Monday, 11 June 2012 08:55

DES MOINES, IA (06/11/2012)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair Fabric and Threads Department is seeking fabric donations and volunteers for the fourth annual State Fair Sew-In. The free program offers Fairgoers a chance to try their hand at simple sewing and quilting while providing warm blankets to local children in need. "Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair, set August 9-19.

Donations of two-yard cuts of fabric in juvenile prints and patterns are needed for quilt backings. In addition, cash donations are needed to help cover the costs of quilt batting and materials. All donations can be dropped off in the Competitive Events Department in the Administration Building on the Fairgrounds or mailed to the Iowa State Fair Competitive Events Department: P.O. Box 57130, Des Moines, IA 50317-0003. All donations should be labeled for the Sew-In project.

The Fair is also searching for sewing assistants to help Fairgoers make the simple strip quilts. Volunteers are asked to commit to four-hour shifts from noon to 4 p.m. or 1 to 5 p.m. A site supervisor will be on-hand to supply materials and help with machines. All volunteers will receive one parking and admission ticket to the Fair.

Volunteers at last year's State Fair Sew-In completed 298 quilts, which were donated to children at the Iowa Lutheran Hospital and to Angel Tree Camps, an organization that offers summer programming for children with a parent in the Iowa prison system. The sewers represented 50 Iowa counties, 13 states and 3 foreign countries. Since the Sew-In began in 2009, volunteers have created 724 quilts for children at the University of Iowa, Blank Pediatric Oncology Clinic and Lutheran Social Services of Iowa.

The Sew-In will be open daily during the Fair from noon to 5 p.m. in the south hallway of the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building. Fairgoers are invited to stop in and try their hand at quilting basics (no experience necessary). Each participant will receive a commemorative pin for their efforts.

If you are interested in donating, volunteering, or receiving more information about the Sew-In, contact Sharon Meisenheimer by phone at 515/986-1145 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.

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