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Dems: Ragan: HHS Budget: Key Difference is Medicaid Oversight

April 22, 2016
Dems: Ragan: HHS Budget: Key Difference is Medicaid Oversight

4/22/16 Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, Chair of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, opening remarks on HF 2460 (Video) Thank you Madam President This year’s general fund target for Health and Human Services, agreed to by the Iowa House and Senate, is just $4 million over last year’s budget.  That’s an increase of…

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Dems: School funding compromise heads off additional uncertainty

March 22, 2016

March 22, 2016 Statement by Senator Tod Bowman of Maquoketa Co-Chair of the Conference Committee on Senate Files 174 and 175   “I’m glad the House and Senate have agreed to a compromise on school funding.  The 2.25% agreement appears to be the best we can get, and it’s past time to let school boards…

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Dems: Documents referenced in Youtube videos

March 16, 2016

Documents referenced in Iowa Senate Youtube videos Home Link: http://bit.ly/Documents-referenced-in-Iowa-Senate-Youtube-videos Documents are in reverse chronological order   March 17, 2016 Government Oversight Committee on Medicaid and Boarding Schools (Video) Bill Stumpf Medicaid Oversight statement Rhonda Shouse Medicaid Oversight statement March 16, 2016  Human Resources Committee Meeting on Medicaid Oversight   (Video) DHS monitoring process for…

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Dems: Opening remarks on SF 2213, oversight for Medicaid privatization

March 1, 2016

The task before us now is protecting Iowans with tough, bipartisan oversight and accountability. Our job is to protect the health care safety net for Iowa families. We are all one accident or illness away from depending on Medicaid.

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Dems: 2016 Push for Iowa Medicaid Oversight

March 1, 2016
Dems: 2016 Push for Iowa Medicaid Oversight

Home base for the 2016 Push for Iowa Medicaid Oversight

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Dems: Iowa Medicaid Managed Care Improvement and Oversight Bill–Sf 2213

March 1, 2016

Intent: Medicaid managed care should be implemented and administered in a manner that safeguards the interests of Medicaid members, encourages the participation of Medicaid providers and protects the interests of Iowa taxpayers.

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Dems: “Now, more than ever, we must all work together for robust Medicaid oversight”

February 23, 2016

“Now, more than ever, we must all work together for robust Medicaid oversight,” said Senator Liz Mathis of Robins, chair of the Senate Human Resources Committee. “The Senate is working on tough, bipartisan oversight and accountability protections. Iowans will do a better job than out-of-state corporations when it comes to overseeing the health care safety…

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Dems: Iowa Medicaid Managed Care Improvement & Oversight Bill – Sf 2107 Bill Summary

February 15, 2016

Intent: Medicaid managed care should be implemented and administered in a manner that safeguards the interests of Medicaid members, encourages the participation of Medicaid providers and protects the interests of Iowa taxpayers. * Provides for vigorous government oversight of the privatized Medicaid system including significant stakeholder involvement * Ensures there are investments in system improvements…

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

February 4, 2016

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…

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Dems: Jochum: Senate will vote on ending Medicaid Privatization

February 4, 2016

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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