State SenatorJack Hatch (D-Des Moines) has been the lead sponsor for every health care reform legislation in Iowa for the past five years from his perch as the chair of the state senate’s Human Services Budget Subcommittee. His crowning achievement in the arena is the recently passed HF 649, which authorizes the creation of a statewide health information exchange.

Jack Hatch is nervous. “There are so many unknowns going forward in terms of creating a financially sustainable system and wondering what regulations are going to be coming down from the federal level. Everyone is worried that we’re going to get into this and then be on the hook for more investment than we ever anticipated.”

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