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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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Dems: Democrats call on President Obama and CMS to reject Branstad’s Medicaid privatization

January 27, 2016

Every Democratic member of the Iowa Senate signed a letter today asking President Obama and other key federal officials to end Governor Branstad’s disorganized push to privatize Medicaid services in Iowa. “Unfortunately, everything that we have seen and heard in the past month tells us that if CMS allows the Branstad/Reynolds Administration to fully implement…

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Dems: Democrats call on President Obama and CMS to reject Branstad’s Medicaid privatization

January 27, 2016

Every Democratic member of the Iowa Senate signed a letter today asking President Obama and other key federal officials to end Governor Branstad’s disorganized push to privatize Medicaid services in Iowa. “Unfortunately, everything that we have seen and heard in the past month tells us that if CMS allows the Branstad/Reynolds Administration to fully implement…

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Dems: Iowa Senate budget priorities expand middle class; spend less than Governor

January 26, 2016
Dems: Iowa Senate budget priorities expand middle class; spend less than Governor

Leaders of the Iowa Senate today released a state budget outline that would expand Iowa’s middle class while maintaining fiscal responsibility. The Senate Democratic plan calls for $7.398 billion in general fund spending, an amount less than the total general fund spending proposed by Governor Branstad.

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Dems: Jochum 2016 Opening Address: Focus on the next generation of Iowans

January 11, 2016

Welcome back.  Hopefully during the interim you were able to rejuvenate and enjoy some quality time with family and friends. This is a hopeful time of the year when we ring in a New Year and a new legislative session.  It is a time to look back and reflect, and it is a time to…

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Dems: Gronstal 2016 Opening Address: Let’s get to work!

January 11, 2016

  Welcome to the first day of the 2016 session of the Iowa Legislature. Our focus this year must be bringing more workers and their families into Iowa’s middle class. Iowans are counting on us.  Based on the events of the last year, here are two steps that should receive strong, bipartisan support in the…

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Dems: Video links to individual public comments at the 12/7/15 Medicaid Hearing

December 8, 2015
Dems: Video links to individual public comments at the 12/7/15 Medicaid Hearing

A list of public comments and video links from the afternoon session of December 7, 2015, meeting of the Iowa Legislature's Health Care Oversight Committee.

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