Daily Archives: March 7, 2013

Harkin: HHS head sees Branstad Medicaid alternative as ‘not acceptable’

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin predicted this morning that federal officials would reject Gov. Terry Branstad’s alternative proposal to expanding Iowa’s Medicaid health-insurance program for the poor. In a phone call with reporters, Harkin said he spoke to U.S. Health and … Continue reading

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HHS and states move forward to offer quality, affordable health coverage

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that more states are moving forward to implement the health care law and establishing Health Insurance Marketplaces.  HHS conditionally approved Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, and West Virginia to operate State … Continue reading

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PRESS RELEASE: AFSCME IOWA STATEMENT ON ARBITRATOR’S DECISION ON STATE MASTER CONTRACT

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Award is fair for state employees and all Iowans DES MOINES – AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding Arbitrator Marvin Hill, Jr.’s arbitration award that was opened today: “During the arbitration hearing, our Union … Continue reading

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Peterson’s Puppet Populists

Mary Bottari Fix the Debt is the most hypocritical corporate PR campaign in decades, an ambitious attempt to convince the country that another cataclysmic economic crisis is around the corner and that urgent action is needed. Its strategy is pure … Continue reading

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Colorectal Screenings: Nothing to be Scared Of

(03/07/13) DES MOINES, Iowa – One of the most easily curable cancers if found early is colon cancer – but only 39 percent of colorectal cancers are diagnosed at this stage, in part because of the underuse of screening. Chuck … Continue reading

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More and More Workers Demanding Paid Sick Days

Kenneth Quinnell According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, more than 40 million Americans work in jobs where they have no access to paid sick days. In addition to the potential loss of wages and jobs for working … Continue reading

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Employers hoping for an end to labor pains after NLRB picks ruled ‘unconstitutional’

Workers at a sandwich shop allowed to tell customers food handlers may have the flu. A car dealer told his policy that employees be courteous to customers is illegal. And employees at a nursing home told they can’t keep complaints … Continue reading

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