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Dems: Halfway there on relief for suffering Iowans

July 30, 2015

Iowans living with debilitating conditions are now halfway to having access to new medical options. In 2014, the Iowa Legislature overwhelmingly approved a limited law making it legal to possess medical cannabis oil. However, no Iowan was helped by that law because there is no legal way to obtain the oil in Iowa. This year,…

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Dems: Halfway there on relief for suffering Iowans

July 30, 2015

Iowans living with debilitating conditions are now halfway to having access to new medical options. In 2014, the Iowa Legislature overwhelmingly approved a limited law making it legal to possess medical cannabis oil. However, no Iowan was helped by that law because there is no legal way to obtain the oil in Iowa. This year,…

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Dems: Mental health treatment must be available to Iowans

July 29, 2015

Public safety and medical professionals say Iowa has a mental health crisis. Legislators have been tackling that problem by improving the way mental health services are provided in our state. This year, we took steps to: Make more emergency psychiatric beds available (SF 401). Create a psychiatric bed tracking system so that medical professionals and…

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Dems: Deadline approaching to reverse governor’s vetoes

July 28, 2015

We’ve joined the call for a special legislative session to reverse Governor Branstad’s vetoes of bipartisan funding for schools, colleges and universities, and mental health treatment. Governor Branstad’s claim that fiscal responsibility required the vetoes doesn’t hold up under scrutiny. That’s because the budget that the Legislature finally approved was actually $165.8 million less than…

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Dems: Ensuring top-notch health care for vulnerable Iowans

July 24, 2015
Dems: Ensuring top-notch health care for vulnerable Iowans

This next week marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, which were established on July 30, 1965. Today, Medicaid provides free or low-cost health coverage to just over a half million Iowans who are some of the most vulnerable people in our state. This includes families and children, pregnant women, seniors and people living…

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Dems: Iowa Women in Agriculture Annual Conference

July 13, 2015

“Emerging Trends in Agriculture” is the theme of the 9th annual Iowa Women in Agriculture Conference at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny on August 4. The cost of the conference is $50, including the evening welcome reception, continental breakfast, and lunch. Registration is due by July 25. For more information, visit www.iowawomeninag.org.  

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Dems: Iowa Women in Agriculture Annual Conference

July 13, 2015

“Emerging Trends in Agriculture” is the theme of the 9th annual Iowa Women in Agriculture Conference at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny on August 4. The cost of the conference is $50, including the evening welcome reception, continental breakfast, and lunch. Registration is due by July 25. For more information, visit www.iowawomeninag.org.  

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Dems: Help count wild turkeys

July 12, 2015

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for volunteers to help with its annual wild turkey survey. The work is simple: while outdoors in Iowa this July and August, keep an eye out for wild turkeys. If you see one, determine if it is an adult female or adult male (males have beards…

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Dems: Grants available to rural fire departments

July 11, 2015

Grant money is available to Iowa’s rural fire departments for equipment to help battle wildfires. The Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant provides 50 percent reimbursement with a maximum grant of $3,500 per department. Departments that actively return Wildland Fire Reports receive priority points in the grant application scoring process.  Grant applications are due October 15. Complete…

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Dems: Veto of MHI funding hurts vulnerable Iowans

July 10, 2015

As part of ongoing efforts to improve mental health services, we voted this year to make it easier for Iowans to receive mental health and substance abuse treatment closer to home. This included a bipartisan plan to keep all four of Iowa’s mental health institutes (MHIs) operating. Republican and Democratic legislators reached an agreement to…

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