Health Care – Iowa House Democrats Wed, 17 Apr 2019 17:57:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Inside the Iowa House: Medicaid Privatization Problems Grow Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:21:26 +0000  While session ended last spring, we continue to hear many stories from Iowans that Medicaid privatization keeps getting worse, not better. We’ve heard from Iowans who have been denied critical care and essential medical equipment like walkers and wheelchairs.  We’ve heard from others who have had services severely reduced or cut altogether. In one case, […]]]> 0 Failed Medicaid Privatization For-Profit Companies Get 7.5% Raise Thu, 06 Sep 2018 16:25:23 +0000 Since the Governor unilaterally privatized Medicaid in 2016, people have been systematically denied critical care, essential medical equipment and have had their services severely reduced or cut altogether. Providers have had to close their doors, or like the University of Iowa Dental School, have stopped taking Medicaid patients altogether because the Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) […]]]> 0 Mental Health Bill Signed Into Law Mon, 09 Apr 2018 13:13:19 +0000 After years of bipartisan work, a bill that begins the process of reforming the mental health system in Iowa has been signed into law. To fill critical gaps in the system, the new law will allow more Iowans to access mental health services and also provides several new choices to patients and their physicians in […]]]> 0 Medicaid Privatization Continues to Hurt Iowans, New Report Shows Sat, 07 Apr 2018 14:03:11 +0000 According to a new report released by the State Ombudsman Office, there has been a 157% increase in Medicaid-related problems reported to the agency in 2017. Most of these complaints came from the members and providers involved in Home and Community Based Waivers (HCBS), services that allow people to stay in their homes rather than […]]]> 0 GOP Lawmakers Limit Health Decisions for Women Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:00:14 +0000 Iowa women will face new restrictions on difficult medical decisions next year while also having less access to family planning and cancer screening services. In the closing days of the legislative session, Republicans passed legislation that will leave thousands of Iowa women without access to critical health care services, like cancer screenings, birth control, and […]]]> 0 Medical Cannabidiol Takes a Step Forward Mon, 29 May 2017 16:00:26 +0000 In a surprise ending, the Legislature passed language that will allow persons with a valid registration card to get cannabidiol with a THC level of not more than 3% in Iowa. This was done as a next step to Iowa’s current Medical Cannabidiol Act, which left many families without the ability to get the medication […]]]> 0 Law Enforcement, Teachers, Nurses Lose Voice in the Workplace Thu, 25 May 2017 16:00:13 +0000 Despite objections from thousands of Iowans, Republicans at the State Capitol unraveled 40 years of teachers, firefighters, law enforcement, and other working Iowans having a voice in their own workplace this year. Written behind closed doors without input from Iowa workers, House File 291 gutted public sector collective bargaining rights and returns working Iowans to […]]]> 0 Updated Mammogram Reporting Bill Takes Effect Thu, 25 May 2017 16:00:09 +0000 Breast cancer affects every Iowan in different ways. According to the American Cancer Society, finding breast cancer early and getting state-of-the-art cancer treatment are the most important strategies to prevent deaths from breast cancer. Breast cancer that’s found early, when it’s small and has not spread, is easier to treat successfully. One reason detection can […]]]> 0 Insurance Autism Coverage Approved Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:00:01 +0000 There are limited resources for coverage of autism services for minors provided by the State of Iowa. The Autism Support Program provides payments for applied behavioral analysis treatment for autism spectrum disorder. However, the Program has strict age, income, duration, and maximum amount of coverage limitations. After years of work, the Iowa Legislature finally approved […]]]> 0 Survey Shows Iowa Providers Still Struggling with Medicaid Privatization Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:24:51 +0000 Iowa Providers Still Struggling with Medicaid Privatization Fewer Services, Rising Costs Cited in New Provider Survey DES MOINES – A new survey released today finds Iowa Medicaid providers are still struggling under Governor Branstad’s privatization plan, which began earlier this year. Providers said the privatization plan has led to increased costs, reduced services for clients, […]]]> 2