Congressman tours new SE Iowa healthcare facility
KEOKUK, IA —
U. S. Representative Dave Loebsack visited Community Health Centers of Southeast Iowa in Keokuk Wednesday afternoon.
The new facility opened in June.
Congressman Loebsack commended the center for its world-class facility.
He says he sees the challenges of healthcare in rural areas.
Currently, southeast Iowa doesn’t have a dental assistant training program.
The Keokuk center sees around 40 patients a day. The center is booked nearly three weeks in advance.
Loebsack says unfortunately, health care access is a problem across the entire state.
“Those jobs don't get filled because we don't have folks who are qualified,” said Congressman Dave Loebsack. That is where the community college and trade programs, those kinds of training programs are going to come in and I think we have to continue to provide resources mostly at the state level, some extent at the federal level and we have to have that commitment to education.”
Congressman Loebsack says companies need to offer more incentives instead of lessening benefits to attract skilled workers to Iowa.