B.A. in Broadcast Journalism, University of Southern California
KEY HEALTH LINK
Hinson is a COVID-19 survivor. She was prevented from attending freshman orientation in Congress because she was quarantining. When Hinson worked for KCRG-TV9, she was a member of the Emergency Action Team on staff and was trained in CPR, AED and Emergency Wound Care. Additionally, Hinson was a winner of the Ivanhoe/RTDNF Medical Reporting Fellowship. She is also a board member of the March of Dimes, Iowa and sits on the Congenital and Inherited Disorders Advisory Committee of the Iowa Department of Public Health. Hinson talks of her aunt’s death from multiple myeloma.
Iowa State House of Representatives (67th district),
2020 ELECTION CONTEXT
Hinson defeated fellow Republican Thomas Hanson in the Republican primary and proceeded to defeat incumbent Democrat Abby Finkenauer in the general election, which was Finkenauer’s first re-election campaign after being elected in 2018.
Abby Finkenauer (D), defeated in re-election bid
MOST RECENT PROFESSION
Iowa State House of Representatives (67th district)
Prior to running for office, Hinson spent over a decade was a television reporter in Cedar Rapids. Hinson’s first run for elected office was in 2016 when she was elected to the Iowa State House of Representatives. She was re-elected in 2018. While a state representative, Hinson served on the Appropriations, Judiciary, State Government, Economic Growth, Local Government and Transportation Committees. Hinson also served as Chair of the Transportation Committee in 2019.
On The Issues
While in the State House, Hinson supported House Resolution 113, which, among other things, recognized "the leadership of President Donald J. Trump and Governor Kim Reynolds during the COVID-19 pandemic." Hinson supports government economic support, including the Paycheck Protection Program, as well as federal unemployment benefits during the pandemic, though has stated the amount should be variable by state and consider the implications on deficit. She has stated close to the election that she would like to see bipartisanship in working together to pass another COVID-19 relief passage and she would be "advocating for [it] very publicly right now," if she were there.
Hinson has criticized the Affordable Care Act and said that it "isn't working," though she has stated, "I think we need targeted fixes and approaches, but I don't think we can repeal and replace unless we have a plan to cover pre-existing conditions.” She also wants to see reimbursement rates reviewed for providers to ensure access is accessible to patients purchasing marketplace plans.
When asked in 2018 about her position, Hinson stated, "I supported bipartisan expansion of medical cannabis laws. We created a cannabidiol board to recommend what diseases cannabis should be used to treat and what level of THC should be used. They’d make suggestions to the Board of Medicine for final approval/denial. I think this process guarantees we don't go too far too fast with the program." Hinson has received a C rating from NORML.
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
Hinson believes that, "The federal government needs to improve access to ... our mental health system." She wants more attention paid to mental health needs of Veterans. While in the Iowa State House, Hinson supported HF 2377, a bipartisan piece of legislation which sought to combat the opioid epidemic with funding for a new Prescription Management Program, requiring participation in the system by various actors such as doctors, pharmacists and first responders and providing criminal immunity to those calling first responders to assist in treating drug overdoses, among other regulations. She does not support Medicare for All.
Hinson intends to work to "take on Big Pharma to put an end to out-of-control prices of prescription drugs” and will work to increase competition in the marketplace. She wants to get generics to market faster and increase transparency on how much is spent on marketing. Hinson was drafting legislative language for a bill in the Iowa House that would have mandated transparency of pharmaceutical marketing dollars, which she believes is a key driver of prices.
VETERANS HEALTH CARE
Hinson "believes in reforming the VA by supporting legislation that increases access and quality while protecting medical benefits. Ashley will support programs that work to end Veteran suicide that focus on mental health rehabilitation for Veterans who suffer from anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction."
Hinson is pro-life and has been endorsed by pro-life organizations such as the Susan B. Anthony List.
While in the Iowa State House, Hinson sponsored HF 384, a piece of legislation requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations to employees based on pregnancy or childbirth. She has also said there should be increased federal funding for women's health centers.
OTHER HEALTH CARE ISSUES
Hinson wants to end surprise medical billing and lower the cost of co-payments, deductibles and prescription drugs.
While in the Iowa State House, Hinson sponsored HF 467, a bill that would increase taxes on tobacco and vapor products and set aside revenues for health care programs including mental health programs. She also sponsored HF 2633, a bill that increased the regulations on the sales of tobacco and vapor products.
Hinson supports increased federal support for rural health care providers and womens health centers.
Hinson supports “administrative simplification ... because a lot of the health care costs that are being passed on to consumers are tied up in administrative work.” She introduced an unsuccessful bill in the Iowa House to advance greater standardization, simplification and streamlining of health care administrative transactions, including increasing electronic exchanges.
While in the Iowa State House, Hinson supported expanding child care tax credits and worked to promote measures which would help families avoid the "child care cliff," where increases in income would drastically reduce the child care subsidies a family received.
DID YOU KNOW?
During her time as a reporter, Hinson received two Midwest regional Emmy Awards and was a live co-host of Surgical Procedures with a local hospital.