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Iowa Congressman Randy Feenstra tours Community Health Center in Sioux City

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Western Iowa Congressman Randy Feenstra focused on pharmaceutical prices and vaccine rollout during his visit to the Siouxland Community Health Center in Sioux City on Thursday.

Feenstra was joined by leaders from the Health Center to get a tour, and also have a discussion on policy.

He said he understands the importance of having a health center that covers such an array of medical issues for our community. The congressman said when it comes to health care there are always needs.

One big issue Feenstra wants to focus on, is the high cost of prescription drugs.

"I think that's one of the biggest problems we have right now, somebody goes sees a doctor and they get prescribed 'x' amount of drugs to help them, and yet those drugs can be $500 to $700. And, that is something we need to work on both state and federally." said Feenstra.

Feenstra also said he's working closely with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and other federal and state officials to help Iowa get more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

"The dissemination of the vaccines, to get them out to areas. Whether that be coming to Siouxland Health here, or if they have to a go to a CVS pharmacy, or Walgreens pharmacy. Even we're looking at even dental offices, things like that, because the faster we can get it out, the faster we can get the curve down." said Feenstra.

He added they are also working towards making sure rural areas of Iowa also have access to vaccine doses.

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