Letter: Economic security vital to our health

Nationally, Iowa ranks third among all states in the health domain for children. This achievement did not just come out of the blue; it is due to the hard work of progressive politicians who understand that Iowans prioritize family values such as affordable health care, reproductive freedom and stability.

Healthy families bolster healthy communities, a fact that State Sen. Liz Mathis champions as the chair of the Human Resources Committee. The annual report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that the percent of children without health care has halved since 2008. Access to affordable health care, including reproductive care, is a fundamental right deserved by all Iowans.

Although I am proud of Iowa’s health ranking, the report on Iowa reflects a national trend of increasing poverty. This is an issue we must work to address and incorporate into our agenda as economic security is vital to healthy families.

Christine Vilardo



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