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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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Dems: Remarks on the HHS Conference Report

April 29, 2016
Dems: Remarks on the HHS Conference Report

April 29, 2016 by Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, Chair of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee This is the conference committee report on the HHS budget. The key issue before the committee was our differing approaches to the problems created by Medicaid privatization.   No other state has privatized Medicaid so completely, so…

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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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