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Braley Introduces Veterans Access to Care Act PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 20 February 2012 14:39

Legislation seeks to attract top-notch medical talent to veterans’ care facilities

Washington, DC – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) introduced the Veterans Access to Care Act today, legislation that seeks to expand veterans’ access to quality healthcare by helping the Veterans Administration and state veterans’ homes recruit more highly-qualified doctors, nurses, and mental health providers to provide services to America’s veterans.

The legislation would make veterans’ care facilities eligible to hire National Health Service Corps fellows, helping attract recent medical school graduates to careers helping veterans.

Braley said, “The Veterans Access to Care Act will allow veterans’ healthcare facilities to hire from a top-notch pool of medical talent committed to practicing in the public interest.  This will improve veterans’ quality of care by encouraging the nation’s best and brightest young doctors to work in veterans’ healthcare facilities.


Braley continued, “The National Health Service Corps is a program with a well-established track record of attracting high quality medical professionals who have chosen to give back to their country by serving those who are most in need.  What better group of people to have caring for our veterans, who share this commitment to service?”


The National Health Service Corps is a national scholarship program operated by the US Department of Health and Human Services that pays medical school expenses for future doctors, nurses, and health practitioners who agree to work in medically underserved areas after graduation.  Braley’s bill would simply add Veterans Administration facilities and state veterans’ homes as eligible “underserved areas” in which graduates would be eligible to serve.

Dr. Douglas Steenblock, Director of Mental Health Services at the Iowa Veterans’ Home in Marshalltown, approached Braley with the idea for the bill.  Steenblock is himself a former fellow of the National Health Service Corps.


Steenblock said, “It can be difficult to attract medical professionals to work in the unique environment of a veterans’ facility, particularly those outside of our major metropolitan areas.  The Iowa Veterans’ Home Mental Health Department hasn’t been fully staffed since September 2010 despite ongoing efforts to hire new personnel.  The National Health Service Corps has proven to be a powerful incentive to recruit and retain quality providers in underserved areas.  It could be easily adapted to do the same for veterans’ facilities.”


The bill introduced by Braley today is similar to a proposal he introduced in 2010.  The text of the bill can be downloaded at the following link:

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TODAY: Braley to Discuss Introduction of Veterans Access to Care Act PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Monday, 20 February 2012 14:35

Braley will be joined by Iowa Veterans’ Home’s Dr. Douglas Steenblock

Washington, DC – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) will hold his weekly press conference call with Iowa reporters this morning at 10:30am CST.

Braley will discuss the introduction of legislation that will expand veterans’ access to quality healthcare by helping the Veterans Administration recruit more qualified health providers to America’s rural communities.  Braley will be joined on the call by Dr. Douglas Steenblock, the Director of Mental Health Services at the Iowa Veterans’ Home, who initially came to Braley with the idea for the legislation.

WHAT: Bruce Braley’s weekly press call with Iowa reporters

WHO: Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01)

Dr. Douglas Steenblock, Director of Mental Health Services, Iowa Veterans’ Home

WHEN:                 TODAY, Wednesday February 15th, 2012

11:30am EST // 10:30am CST

CALL-IN:               866-704-2208

PASSCODE:         2414543#


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Gilda's Club Program PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Melissa Wright   
Friday, 17 February 2012 15:38

Gilda’s Club and Genesis Cancer Care Institute are partnering to offer Cancer Transitions™ is a free 2 hour, six-week workshop designed to help cancer survivors make the transition from active treatment to post-treatment care.  Expert panelists including physicians, nutritionists and fitness experts will discuss exercise tailored to each participant’s abilities, training in relaxation and stress management and tips for nutritious eating. Cancer Transitions will answer many of your questions about cancer survivorship post-cancer treatment.  The course covers the following topics:

Session 1: Get Back to Wellness: Take Control of Your Survivorship

Session 2: Exercise for Wellness: Customized Exercise

Session 3: Emotional Health and Well-Being: From Patient to Survivor

Session 4: Nutrition Beyond Cancer

Session 5: Medical Management Beyond Cancer: What You Need to Know

Session 6: Life Beyond Cancer

Date: Wednesday, March 7 (meets for 6 weeks)

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Gilda’s Club Quad Cities, 1234 E. River Dr,  Davenport, IA 52803

Contact for more information or to sign up: Melissa Wright, 563-326-7504 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cancer Transitions is a program of the Cancer Support Community and LiveStrong™

IHT World Offers Medical Tourism Services For Quality Low Cost Health Care Choice PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pam Brammann   
Monday, 13 February 2012 15:22

LeClaire, IA (PRWEB) February 13, 2012

Although many people have never heard the term “medical tourism”, a growing number of Americans are finding it highly valuable to travel outside the United States for health care services.

While medical tourism has been popular in numerous countries around the world, Americans have only recently begun to understand the benefits of this low cost option.

“As a nurse, I became extremely frustrated with the outrageous costs of our health care system,” said Pam Brammann R.N., President and Managing Director of IHT World. “Upon discovering that American quality care can be obtained in other countries for a fraction of the cost in the United States, I decided to offer medical tourism services to help Americans save money on their health care costs.”

Typical savings are usually in the range of 50 to 80 percent compared to medical costs in the United States, including travel expenses for two.

IHT World offers valuable information that helps Americans make informed decisions concerning their health care choices. IHT World also offers a variety of assistive services, such as ensuring safe transfer of medical records abroad to the patient’s choice hospital, as well as forwarding medical records after surgery from the hospital overseas to the patient’s home physician for follow up care.

One common concern regarding medical tourism is what happens in the event of a complication? Although rare, surgery and health care treatment carries the risk of complication both in the United States and overseas.

If complications would develop, financial protection must be ensured. That’s why IHT World strongly suggests that all participants purchase medical tourism insurance. Such a policy is not expensive and offers coverage regarding unfortunate events that may arise.

IHT World works with a company that offers customized medical tourism benefits. Unlike other medical tourism companies, IHT World does not collect commission from insurance policies to help keep costs low.

Individuals, employers and insurance companies are all experiencing the financial burden of American health care.  IHT World offers customized medical tourism services that will help reduce health care costs, without compromising quality.

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Iowa Legislative Update: Radon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Peggy Huppert   
Monday, 13 February 2012 14:27

Many of you are aware of the danger that radon gas poses to our health and the work that we’ve been doing to raise awareness through the Iowa Radon Coalition over the past year. (Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from the ground. Iowa has the highest incidence of radon in homes in the nation.)

I’m happy to report that legislation is in the works to protect Iowans from this deadly threat, the second-leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking.  Radon kills about 400 Iowans a year – more than are killed in traffic accidents.

Sen. Jeff Danielson, D-Cedar Falls, and Rep. Peter Cownie, R-West Des Moines, chairs of their respective chambers’ State Government Committees, have submitted requests for study bills dealing with radon. The bills will include important strategies for protecting Iowans from radon, requiring:

  • Radon testing and disclosure for all real estate transactions
  • Radon Resistant New Construction (RRNC) in all new residential construction
  • A state income tax credit of up to $500 for home radon mitigation
  • Testing and disclosure for all rental housing and K-12 school buildings
  • Earmarking all funds collected by the state from radon mitigation professionals for radon education through the Dept. of Public Health.

Please take action by contacting Sen. Danielson and Rep. Cownie today to thank them for requesting these bill drafts and ask them to do their best to get a bill passed out of committee before the first funnel deadline, February 24th.

Our most exciting day of the year is rapidly approaching! Day at the Capitol is Wednesday, Feb. 22nd. We will inform and inspire you, feed you and transport you to and from the Capitol for meetings with your legislators. And it’s all free!

As many of you know, we have a very special guest as our featured speaker that day – Dr. Otis Brawley. As the chief medical officer and executive vice president of the American Cancer Society, Dr. Brawley is responsible for promoting the goals of cancer prevention, early detection, and quality treatment through cancer research and education. He champions efforts to decrease smoking, improve diet, detect cancer at the earliest stage, and provide the critical support cancer patients need. Dr. Brawley is a key leader in the Society’s work to eliminate disparities in access to quality cancer care. It is this area that Dr. Brawley will focus his remarks on at our event.

You do not want to miss the chance to hear Otis Brawley. Sign up TODAY and help spread the word about this event to friends and colleagues.

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