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Updated Mammogram Reporting Bill Takes Effect

By |2017-04-26T08:06:00-06:00May 25th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Featured, Health Care, Recent News|

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 be [...]

Insurance Autism Coverage Approved

By |2017-04-25T11:30:11-06:00April 27th, 2017|Categories: 2017 Session Information, Featured, Health Care, Recent News|

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 legislation [...]

Survey Shows Iowa Providers Still Struggling with Medicaid Privatization

By |2016-07-25T10:24:51-06:00July 25th, 2016|Categories: 2016 Session Information, Featured, Health Care, Recent News|

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, and [...]

2016 Session Opens: Every kid deserves a fair shot to achieve the American Dream

By |2016-01-11T17:23:58-06:00January 11th, 2016|Categories: Education, Featured, Health Care, Recent News|Tags: , |

2016 Legislative Session: Opening Day Remarks House Democratic Leader Mark Smith Welcome back to all of you. And let me first say congratulations to you Madam Speaker and Leader Hagenow. I look forward to working with both of you this session. Last year, a member of this body used a quote from George Santayana that was [...]

REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO INVESTIGATE BRANSTAD’S $4.8 BILLION MEDICAID MESS

By |2015-11-24T09:54:18-06:00November 18th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Health Care, Oversight|

Despite allegations of improper political influence, Rep. Bobby Kauffman and House Republicans are refusing to investigate Governor Branstad’s rush to privatize Iowa’s $4.8 billion Medicaid program. “It’s outrageous that Republicans refuse to investigate the Governor’s Medicaid mess.  At $4.8 billion, it’s the largest contract in state history and health care for 565,000 Iowans is on the [...]

Lawmakers Request Oversight Investigation on Misconduct in Medicaid Privatization

By |2015-10-30T13:43:04-06:00October 30th, 2015|Categories: 2015 Session Information, Featured, Health Care, Recent News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

After new allegations surfaced yesterday about improper political influence during the award process for privatizing the state’s Medicaid program, four Iowa lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee today requested the committee investigate the matter at a meeting on November 18th. “Yesterday, new allegations surfaced about improper political influence between Branstad officials and two former GOP lawmakers [...]

Iowa Army of Pink, Legislators Push to Improve Mammogram Reporting

By |2015-02-05T13:44:28-06:00February 5th, 2015|Categories: Featured, Health Care, Recent News|Tags: , |

The Iowa Army of Pink, a group of breast cancer survivors and supporters, hit the State Capitol today to encourage legislators to improve reporting of breast cancer screenings. “My breast cancer diagnosis was delayed for 5 years because I have breast dense tissue,” said Bridget Pargulski, leader of the Iowa Army of Pink. “I was never [...]

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