LifeServe Takes the Iowa State Capitol

LifeServe Blood Center is hosting our 3rd annual Lobby Day at the Iowa State Capitol on Tuesday, January 23rd from 7:30 – 9 AM to urge Iowa legislators to remove a sales tax on blood testing supplies that is negatively impacting our organization. The state of Iowa currently imposes a sales tax on LifeServe Blood Center for the acquisition of reagents and other critical supplies needed to perform required testing on donated blood for the hospital patients in our communities. Iowa is only one of three states that penalize community blood centers for their need to perform this required blood testing that ensures a safe blood supply.

LifeServe Blood Center is urging legislators to amend legislation that currently charges non-profit community blood centers in Iowa sales tax on various products we purchase to process and test volunteer blood donations. This tax not only increases the costs at all Iowa non-profit community blood centers but also increases healthcare costs for every Iowa patient who receives blood from a non-profit community blood center. LifeServe Blood Center is committed to lowering the cost of health care by being good stewards of our blood supply; this sales tax is an unnecessary burden that is hindering our ability to lower costs in the healthcare system.

The event at the Capitol on January 23rd will bring together blood transfusion recipients, blood donors, and LifeServe Blood Center team members, board members, and volunteers to meet with legislators and discuss this issue. It is opportunity to educate legislators on the important work that is happening at our organization and in our laboratory to ensure a safe and stable blood supply for our community. We will also offer free blood typing to attendees who attend which will give them a small glimpse of the testing process that is impacted by this tax.