Jochum: Senate will vote on ending Medicaid Privatization

February 4, 2016   Statement by Senate President Pam Jochum of Dubuque This week, legislation was introduced in the Iowa Senate to stop Governor Branstad’s unilateral decision to privatize Iowa’s Medicaid program. Democrats support this legislation—Senate Study Bill 3081, also known as the “Health Care Protection Act”, because our constituents tell us the Governor’s plan […]

Seeking Century & Heritage Farms

Through June 1, eligible farm owners are invited to apply for the 2016 Century & Heritage Farm Program. The program recognizes families that have owned their farm for 100 years in the case of Century Farms and 150 years for Heritage Farms. Applications are available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship website at […]

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Protecting the health care of Iowans

A bill has been introduced in the Iowa Senate to stop Governor Branstad’s unilateral decision to privatize Iowa’s Medicaid program.   We’re supporting this legislation—Senate Study Bill 3081—because many Iowans say the Governor’s plan tries to do too much, too fast, and it fails to protect vulnerable Iowans. There is no excuse for putting the […]

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Governor, Medicaid privatization actually means fewer health care providers for Iowa kids

Today Governor Branstad claimed that “Managed care means more doctors for Medicaid patients.” However, when it comes to the 37,000 children who had been served by Iowa’s nationally praised Hawk-I health insurance program, new numbers from the Branstad Administration show those children will have access to far fewer health care providers under Medicaid privatization. (See DHS chart below)

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Jochum: Senate will vote on ending Medicaid Privatization

February 4, 2016   Statement by Senate President Pam Jochum of Dubuque This week, legislation was introduced in the Iowa Senate to stop Governor Branstad’s unilateral decision to privatize Iowa’s Medicaid program. Democrats support this legislation—Senate Study Bill 3081, also known as the “Health Care Protection Act”, because our constituents tell us the Governor’s plan […]

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Kids count in Iowa

Iowa kids are showing continual improvement in their health and education conditions, according to new data in the annual Iowa Kids Count report. In particular, the teen birth rate has decreased more than 42 percent and the mortality indicators for infants, children and teens have decreased between 21 and 24 percent since 2000.   However, […]

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Ensuring the best-possible child care for Iowa families

In November 2014, Congress reauthorized the Child Care & Development Block Grant for the first time since 1996. New requirements will bring much-needed improvements that are child-focused, family friendly and fair to providers, while maintaining state flexibility.   The Iowa Department of Human Services has developed a new Child Care State Plan that incorporates the […]

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