FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2019
CONTACT: CHRISTINA STROBACK
OTTUMWA – Sen. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, an Ottumwa Republican and first-term senator, was awarded the 2019 Underserved Champion Award by the Iowa Primary Care Association (IPCA) during its award reception on October 22 in Des Moines.
Each year, the IPCA honors an individual or an organization that is dedicated to ensuring access to quality, affordable health care for all Iowans. Miller-Meeks, who currently works as an ophthalmologist in Burlington, was recognized for her leadership on key health care issues in the Iowa Senate this year. Her work “on contraceptive coverage, workforce, MAT (medical assisted treatment for substance use disorder) and particularly Medicaid access for legally protected residents made this an easy choice,” according to the IPCA.
Previous year’s champions have included Iowa Legal Aid, State Sen. Joe Bolkcom, Jennifer Vermeer of Iowa Medicaid Enterprise, Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation, and U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, to name a few.
“I’m honored to be recognized by such a reputable organization that fights for quality, affordable, and accessible health care,” said Miller-Meeks. “The voters of Iowa Senate District 41 elected me to represent their values and voice their needs while serving at the statehouse. I put forth and supported legislation that impacted not only my constituents, but thousands of Iowans who need a trusted voice in health care policy.”
IPCA is a non-profit membership association comprised of 13 community health centers and one migrant health program and is recognized as the voice on health care, particularly concerning vulnerable populations. View a list of IPCA health centers here.