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Dems: Danielson organizes listening post State of Iowa’s vision and support for UNI

September 8, 2016
Dems: Danielson organizes listening post State of Iowa’s vision and support for UNI

State Senator Jeff Danielson of Cedar Falls is organizing a public listening post at the University of Northern Iowa from 11:30 AM to 1 PM on Thursday, September 15, in the University Room of Maucker Union. Senator Danielson, the chair of the Senate State Government Committee, has invited Senator Brian Schoenjahn of Arlington, Senate chair…

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Dems: Join the September 12 Conference Call with Federal Medicaid Officials

September 8, 2016
Dems: Join the September 12 Conference Call with Federal Medicaid Officials

On Monday, September 12th, there will be a conference call on the current status of Iowa Medicaid with officials from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The September 12th call will occur from 11:30 AM to 1 PM. The call-in number is 1-888-456-0279 and the access code is: 4499957.

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Dems: On Medicaid “…Iowans should be heard first.”

August 29, 2016

Opening Comments at the August 29th Statehouse Medicaid Listening Post by Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, Senate Co-Chair of the Health Policy Oversight Committee   “I’m glad we are holding a Medicaid listening post today at the Iowa Statehouse.  And I am glad you are here to share your experiences with the committee. In the…

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Dems: Regents asked for details on how UNI presidential search will be “fair and transparent”

August 15, 2016
Dems: Regents asked for details on how UNI presidential search will be “fair and transparent”

State Senators Jeff Danielson of Cedar Falls, Brian Schoenjahn of Arlington, and Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids are asking the chair of the Iowa Board of Regents for details regarding the search for a new president for the University of Northern Iowa.

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Dems: Documents referenced in Iowa Senate YouTube videos

July 25, 2016

Collection of links to documents referenced in Iowa Senate Youtube videos. Newest documents are listed first.

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Dems: Mathis: Medicaid Oversight Law takes effect July 1 in midst of continued problems

June 30, 2016
Dems: Mathis: Medicaid Oversight Law takes effect July 1 in midst of continued problems

Today I want to highlight the Medicaid oversight reforms which go into effect tomorrow, July 1. I also want to draw attention on the continuing problems the Medicaid mess is creating for Iowa families and Iowa health care providers. Medicaid beneficiaries and providers will take questions about problems created by the mismanaged transition from publicly-managed…

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Dems: Schoenjahn: Gov’s latest unilateral decision is bad news for Iowa children & families

June 6, 2016
Dems: Schoenjahn: Gov’s latest unilateral decision is bad news for Iowa children & families

A successful, high quality, Iowa health care program is being dismantled based on deliberate sabotage by the Branstad Administration. Skilled Iowa caregivers who provided services to children at the Independence MHI have lost their jobs. In the end, Iowa kids and Iowa tax dollars will be sent out-of-state for health care that had been provided…

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Dems: Response to Governor Branstad’s action today on Medicaid oversight

May 27, 2016
Dems: Response to Governor Branstad’s action today on Medicaid oversight

“I’m glad Governor Branstad did not veto the Medicaid oversight compromise reached by the Iowa House and Senate. The mistakes and mismanagement caused by Iowa’s rushed approach to Medicaid privatization continue to create problems for some of Iowa’s most vulnerable residents. “This summer and fall, we will continue to listen to, and be vigilant advocates…

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Dems: Jochum 2016 End of Session Remarks

May 2, 2016
Dems: Jochum 2016 End of Session Remarks

In my opening remarks for the 2016 General Assembly, I posed a challenge to craft a fiscally responsible budget that was fair to all Iowans and that would help build an economy that works for everyone.  As the late U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone said, “We all do better, when we all do better.” Although Iowa’s…

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Dems: Gronstal 2016 End of Session Remarks

April 29, 2016
Dems: Gronstal 2016 End of Session Remarks

During this session—with bipartisan support—the Iowa Senate approved strong Medicaid oversight protection. Unfortunately, that legislation was largely rejected by the Iowa House.

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