Iowans who received health insurance through the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan this year have now started the process of renewing their membership for next year. Every twelve months, members are required to renew their membership to verify eligibility requirements. A bi-partisan compromise approved by legislators in 2013, the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan was launched [...]
Iowa’s older population is expected to grow significantly over the next decade. In the next three years alone, Iowa’s over 60 year old population is set to increase by 2.6% in Iowa for a total of nearly 637,500 Iowans. In an effort to protect seniors, Iowa has begun to implement new elder abuse laws. Prior to [...]
Over the last 50 years, many rural communities have experienced a significant decline in population. We all must work together to re-populate rural Iowa and capitalize on the strengths of rural communities to create good jobs and improve the quality of life. Statistics show that students with access to broadband in their homes are 6-8% more [...]
After bipartisan votes in both the House and Senate, a bill to allow parents of children with intractable epilepsy suffering from constant seizures to use medical cannabis medicine was signed into law by the Governor on May 27. The bill, Senate File 2360, was approved with bi-partisan votes after months of intense lobbying by parents who [...]
Bill Summary “Older individual,” for protection throughout the bill, is defined as an individual 60 years of age or older. The bill created an Elder Abuse Resource and Referral Program (EARRP) within the Department of Aging (IDA). The IDA would utilize the Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) to create a local stakeholder group to coordinate services [...]
Representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell of Ames spoke to the Iowa House on Tuesday about women's health. House File 2175 is a bill limiting the access to women's healthcare needs via telemedicine in rural Iowa.
Volunteer fire fighters and Emergency Medical Services Personnel (EMTs) are reminded to apply for a $50 Iowa income tax credit on their 2013 taxes. The credit is intended to compensate for some of their volunteer services. In addition, often volunteer fire fighters and EMT have additional training and equipment requirements, which sometimes have to be paid [...]