Posts Tagged ‘ Joe Bolkcom ’

Dems: Latest state deficit figures show GOP budget is ‘out of whack’ and hurting Iowa families

July 3, 2017

 "Iowa is not in a recession. Iowa is experiencing slow revenue growth because the policies of Governor Reynolds and legislative Republicans are out of whack. Delaying tax refunds for Iowa families and other gimmicks will not solve this budget mess. Republicans must stop showering tens of millions on large tax giveaways to out-of-state corporations.  These…

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Dems: Gov. Reynolds: Convince Pres. Trump to stop Iowa health care disaster

June 21, 2017

Open letter to Governor Reynolds urging her to convince President Trump to make sure Iowans can keep their health insurance, to protect rural hospitals and health care providers, and to prevent a devastating blow to Iowa’s economy by opposing Republican health care legislation.

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Dems: Sharp cuts by legislative Republicans threaten public safety, education and human services 

January 23, 2017

Bolkcom: “The Republican proposal unveiled today sends the wrong message about the future of our state. The budget slashing by Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds and Republican legislators leaves the fastest growing part of the state budget off the table: excessive tax credits. It is time to drain the swamp.”

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Dems: Public comment at the 12/07/15 Medicaid hearing

December 8, 2015
Dems: Public comment at the 12/07/15 Medicaid hearing

Links to video of the afternoon public comment speakers and legislative discussion at the December 7, 2015, meeting of the Iowa Legislature's Health Care Oversight Committee. Here is the end of meeting discussion by Legislators.

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Dems: Five Questions Governor Branstad Needs to Answer Before Medicaid Privatization

November 22, 2015
Dems: Five Questions Governor Branstad Needs to Answer Before Medicaid Privatization

Governor Branstad, you have consistently claimed that using private companies to manage Medicaid services will save money and improve care. Do you have any evidence to support your claims? Are you aware that your claims are not supported by the most comprehensive study of Medicaid managed care.

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Dems: Five Questions Governor Branstad Needs to Answer Before Medicaid Privatization

November 22, 2015
Dems: Five Questions Governor Branstad Needs to Answer Before Medicaid Privatization

Governor Branstad, you have consistently claimed that using private companies to manage Medicaid services will save money and improve care. Do you have any evidence to support your claims? Are you aware that your claims are not supported by the most comprehensive study of Medicaid managed care.

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Dems: Governor’s own numbers show that Iowans’ access to health at risk

November 19, 2015

“It’s unbelievable that Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds would claim that it’s good news for Iowans that fewer than one-third of Iowa’s Medicaid providers have signed up for their proposed Medicaid privatization program. It is actually bad news because the effect of such low participation by health care providers would be to prevent hundreds…

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Dems: Senators: “Don’t penalize Iowa health care providers for declining to rush into contracts with managed care companies”

November 9, 2015

November 9, 2015 (DES MOINES) The Branstad Administration is being urged not to penalize Iowa hospitals, nursing homes and other providers if they haven’t signed contracts with private Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) by January 1, 2016.  Under the Administration’s current rules, health care providers that have not signed with a MCO by then will…

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Dems: The no-vote tax cut rule is an overreach, bad precedent, and should be withdrawn

October 13, 2015

“On that day he vetoed the bipartisan compromise to invest $56 million in one-time money in our local schools. He didn’t say it was a bad idea or that the money wasn’t needed. He said the state of Iowa couldn’t afford it. “I was shocked when, less than a month ago, Governor Branstad’s Department of…

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Dems: Opening Remarks on SF 484: Safe, legal, regulated medical cannabis for Iowa families

April 15, 2015

Opening remarks on SF 484 by Senator Joe Bolkcom SF 484 would create a safe, legal, affordable, effective, highly regulated way for Iowans and their families to access medicines made from cannabis. Sick and suffering Iowans are asking for our help. They are asking us because Washington, D.C., is broken. The simple truth is that…

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