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HHS Secretary In Iowa Talking Zika Virus and Affordable Healthcare Act

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FORT DODGE, Iowa -- The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services was in Iowa Friday talking about the Zika virus. Not that it is a problem in this state, but the HHS announced more cases in the United States.

“In the United States, there have been 16 adverse outcomes for pregnancies among American Citizens already,” said Sylvia Burwell, HHS Secretary in the Obama Administration. She was in Fort Dodge to discuss the Affordable Care Act.

She said efforts to battle Zika are ongoing.

"Make sure we're as prepared as possible with surveillance of the mosquito, knowing where it is, controlling that mosquito, and making sure that women have the knowledge they needed about this," said Burwell. “Without the funding, one of the most important things that is going to be stalled in August while they're away is vaccine advancement.”

Burwell said the emergency funding for Zika was requested in February.

Addressing a gathering at Unity Point Trinity Center in Fort Dodge, Burrell assessed the Affordable Healthcare Act progress.

“We've seen good progress in rural healthcare in terms of reducing the number of uninsured by about 22 percent down to 14 percent,” said Burwell. " We've seen overall health care prices grow more slowly than they have before the Affordable Care Act and employer premiums have been growing more slowly.”

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