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Senator Harkin’s Staffer To Host “Listening Post on Health Reform”

By Staff | Jul 21, 2009

DES MOINES – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) has that his regional director, Nathan Vanderplaats, will hold a “Listening Post on Health Reform” on Tuesday, July 28, at Palo Alto County Health System.

Harkin chairs the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s Prevention and Public Health Working Group charged with crafting the prevention and public health components of the health reform bill. VanderPlaats will bring Harkin’s mobile Senate office to Emmetsburg to hear the concerns of Palo Alto County residents regarding health reform.

“We need a much greater emphasis on preventing disease and keeping people healthy, rather than merely treating them once they are ill,” said Harkin. “The only way we can rein in skyrocketing health care costs that are making it so difficult for families to afford coverage, and placing such strain on our whole economy, is to invest in prevention efforts that can be incorporated into how we extend coverage, how we reform the payment system and how we engage in systems reform. I encourage all residents in Palo Alto County to come out to this event to find out what I’m working on or how I can help them.”

Harkin’s staff travels across the state to ensure that all Iowans have easy access to constituent services and information.

The mobile office supplements office hours already in progress at Harkin’s five regional offices in Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, and Sioux City. Every year it reaches out to all 99 counties bringing information and assistance to Iowans.

Palo Alto County Tour

Tuesday, July 28, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Palo Alto County Health System

Independent Living Apartments

Willow Ridge Activity Room

3203 1st Street, Emmetsburg