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Grassley Meeting

Senator Grassley met with a group of health advocates that included: Lynn Boes (Iowa Nurses Association), Nancy Hale (NAMI Iowa), Teresa Bomhoff (NAMI Greater Des Moines), Dwight Baldwin (Iowa State Grange), Sherri Nielsen (Easter Seals Iowa), Joe Hrdlicka (Iowa Biotech Association) and Tray Wade (Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa). The group expressed their thanks for his support to shore up Medicare Part B changes and keep health care accessible, especially in rural Iowa.  There was opportunity to visit about   US H.R. 2, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives recently, and Sen Grassley indicated it should pass the U.S. Senate next week.  INA thanked him for his support of US H.R. 2 which would allow ARNPs to sign the Medicare Home Health plan of care and orders for services including durable medical equipment.  In all, we had nearly 40 minutes to visit with him and discuss issues that included mental health, access to health care in rural Iowa, and community-based services.  Written by Lynn Boes, INA Legal Counsel

The Mission of the Iowa Nurses Association is to connect, support, and advocate for nurses and healthcare in Iowa.
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INA Board of Directors

Judy Collins, President

Jann Ricklefs, Vice-President

Brian Cooley, Secretary

Elaine Boes, Treasurer

Susan Whitty, Director-Public Policy

Lisa Caffery, Director-Resolutions

Rachel Miller, Director - Staff Nurse at Large

Andrea Wilhite, Director-Newly Licensed RN

Linda Opheim, Director Northwest

Nan Ambrosy, Director Northeast

Nancy James, Director Southwest

Barb Gano, Director Central

Colleen Brems, Director Southeast

INA Committee/Commission Chairs

Membership/PR: Rachel Miller & Andrea Wilhite

Finance: Elaine Boes

Public Policy: Susan Whitty


Committees of the Membership

Bylaws: Jann Ricklefs

Nominations: Julie Schilling

Resolutions: Lisa Caffery


Regional Chairs

Mary Kovarna, Regional Chair, Region 01

Margie O’Neill, Regional Chair, Region 02

Nancy James, Regional Chair, Region 03

Pam Deichmann, Regional Chair, Region 04

Darcy Koehn, Regional Chair, Region 05


Iowa Nurses Foundation

Lorinda Inman, Chair


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