Dems: Protecting Local Pharmacies & Keeping Prescriptions Affordable

Dems: Protecting Local Pharmacies & Keeping Prescriptions Affordable

The House unanimously passed a bill to give the Insurance Commissioner explicit authority to investigate and impose sanctions on pharmacy benefits managers who do not follow the reporting law. Pharmacy Benefits Managers (PBMs) act as a pharmaceutical middle management between health care providers, pharmacies and prescription drug companies/manufacturers by negotiating the costs of those prescriptions.…

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Dems: Survey shows latest behaviors among Iowa youth

More than 77,000 students in grades 6, 8 and 11 attending Iowa public and private schools took part in the 2014 Iowa Youth Survey. The survey includes questions about behaviors, attitudes and beliefs, as well as perceptions of peer, family, school, neighborhood and community environments. The good news is that substance abuse and bullying have…

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Dems: Getting tougher on texting while driving

Texting while driving is dangerous. Between 2001 and 2013, more than 8,600 Iowa crashes were caused by drivers distracted by a phone or other device. These crashes resulted in more than 4,200 injuries and dozens of deaths. In 2010, Iowa made it a crime to write, read or send a text message while driving, but…

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Week Ten Press Conference Highlights

Week Ten Press Conference Highlights

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Governor, Iowa’s school children need you to get involved

Statement by Senator Herman Quirmbach, chair of the Senate Education Committee “Last week’s prediction of steady growth for the Iowa economy should result in much needed good news for Iowa’s schools. “We’ve had months of warnings from Iowa’s education leaders.  They report that failing to fund education responsibly means classroom overcrowding, reduced student choices, and…

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Dems: Payroll debit cards must be fair for Iowa workers

This week, the Senate approved legislation aimed at clarifying the law regarding payroll cards. A payroll card — which is similar to a debit card — is an increasingly popular way to pay employees. Legislators recently heard from Iowans who came to the Statehouse to tell their stories. We learned that many Iowans don’t have…

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Dems: Nursing care for hard-to-place Iowans

Iowa’s long-term care services receive high praise for quality and affordability. In fact, Iowa’s long-term care services are ranked 13th best in the nation in the AARP’s most recent Long-Term Care Scorecard. However, Iowa has struggled to find appropriate nursing facility placements for sex offenders and those who are aggressive or violent, as well as…

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Dems: Stepping up efforts against human trafficking

Human trafficking is happening here in the heartland. This week, the Iowa Senate passed SF 450 to battle human trafficking, which is the trade of humans, most commonly for the purpose of  forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation. The legislation is part of a dedicated effort to expose it, punish the perpetrators and help the victims return to a better…

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Dems: Making state government more accountable & transparent

Over the last year, the Senate Government Oversight Committee has investigated numerous allegations of hush money, slush funds, black lists and lack of transparency throughout Governor Branstad’s administration. This week, the Senate approved SF 321 to ensure state agencies that save money by purchasing through the state’s master contracts get those dollars back. The Department…

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