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Iowa health care touted in Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -- Iowa became a national example for improving preventative healthcare during a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Thursday's Health, Education, Labor and Pension, or HELP, Committee hearing focused of state's roles in keeping people healthy. Iowa State Senator Jack Hatch of Des Moines testified on steps Iowa took to incorporate preventative care into health care legislation. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin chaired the hearing saying prevention is the key to a healthier America.

"You really have to try hard to be healthy in this country," said Harkin. "You shouldn't have to do that, it ought to be easy. It ought to be one of the easiest things to do is to eat healthy, work healthy, play healthy, be healthy. It ought to be something that we just engender."

Hatch's testimony focused on Iowa's health care plan signed into law last year that guaranteed health care to all of Iowa's children.

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