Monthly Archives: November 2015

Iowa jobs far short of Governor’s goal

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IWD presentation promotes bogus job growth number IOWA CITY, Iowa (Nov. 30, 2015) — The Iowa Policy Project today issued a statement from Executive Director Mike Owen regarding job growth claims offered by Iowa Workforce Development in a public budget … Continue reading

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ARA Friday Alert

AMA Announces New Policy to Make Prescription Drugs More Affordable The American Medical Association last week called for a ban on direct-to-consumer ads for prescription drugs and implantable medical devices, saying they contribute to rising costs and patients’ demands for … Continue reading

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TAKE ACTION: What you can do about the Branstad-Reynolds Medicaid mess

The current push by the Branstad-Reynolds Administration to privatize Iowa Medicaid by January 1, 2016, has upset many Iowans. Critics say it tries to do too much too fast, and is too disorganized. If you agree, please sign a petition … Continue reading

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A more user-friendly state government

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We are committed to maintaining a state government that runs efficiently, offers good service to Iowans and is transparent in its operations. This year, we voted to maintain open, transparent government with more support for Iowa’s Public Information Board and Office … Continue reading

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Sound budgeting gives Iowa a good outlook

As we move toward the 2016 session, the careful budget-making strategy adopted by the Legislature will allow us to maintain our investments in expanding Iowa’s middle class in all 99 counties. This includes affordable higher education, 21st Century job training … Continue reading

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Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds are at it again!

Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds are at it again! The Branstad-Reynolds Administration is seeking to implement a massive tax cut without legislative approval. Their proposed changes to administrative rules could cost $46 million! The Iowa Department of Revenue will … Continue reading

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Mike and Leona Adams Thanksgiving Dinner increases meals served to 1,050

WATERLOO, IA (November 24, 2015) — Veridian Credit Union joined United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 838 to host the Annual Mike and Leona Adams Thanksgiving Dinner on Monday, November 23. Volunteers prepared a traditional Thanksgiving feast at the UAW Local … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 30 “Fighting Mary” Eliza McDowell, also known as the “Angel of the Stockyards,” born in Chicago. As a social worker she helped organize the first women’s local of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters Union in 1902 – 1854 Mother Jones … Continue reading

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Editorial: Concerns over Medicaid plan are justified

“Change is always frightening.” — Catherine Anderson, UnitedHealthcare “Change is really scary.” — Cheryl Harding, AmeriHealth “I know there are some people that always fear change.” — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad Perhaps the most maddening aspect of Gov. Terry Branstad’s ill-conceived and … Continue reading

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Senators question moving ahead with Medicaid privatization

Two Democratic senators are questioning Republican Gov. Terry Branstad’s plans to press forward with privatizing management of the state’s Medicaid program after a judge’s recommendation this week to throw out a contract awarded to one of four companies in line to manage the … Continue reading

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Editorial: Stop rewarding tax cheats with taxpayer-funded services

Lennie Pike, the truck driver played by Jonathan Winters in “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” said it best: “Listen, everybody has to pay taxes. … Otherwise, it’s like stealing from the government. … Even businessmen, who rob and … Continue reading

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Doctors signal more warnings about Iowa’s Medicaid plan

Multiple Medicaid payment and service questions posed by health providers Wednesday went unanswered or would be discussed “offline” by state officials who nonetheless asserted that Iowa will be ready to transfer the $4.2 billion annual program to private managers on … Continue reading

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Judge recommends throwing out 1 of 4 Medicaid contracts

An administrative law judge has recommended that Iowa throw out one of the four contracts awarded to for-profit companies that are in line to manage Iowa’s Medicaid program. The ruling calls for the state to reverse the contract awarded to … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving to Soldiers Everywhere

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

(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 … Continue reading

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Tailoring education & training to veterans

There is plenty we can do to help our veterans in their transition to civilian life, including going to college, getting job training and transferring their military skills to today’s work world. Colleges and universities award educational credits to veterans … Continue reading

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Sign up to speak / send comments to Legislature’s Dec. 7 Medicaid Meeting

Sign up to speak / send comments to Legislature’s Dec. 7 Medicaid Meeting Monday, December 7th is the last scheduled meeting of the Iowa Legislature’s joint Health Care Oversight Committee.  It will begin at 10 AM in the Supreme Court … Continue reading

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IBEW Picket

Next Tuesday and Wednesday December 2nd & 3rd we are going to begin an Area Standards picket of a non-union contractor here in Des Moines. We will show up at our hall at 6:30 a.m. on both days and go … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 26 Six young women burn to death and 19 more die when they leap from the fourth-story windows of a blazing factory in Newark, N.J. The floors and stairs were wooden; the only door through which the women could … Continue reading

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Another Medicaid math puzzler: Who has the contracts?

The Iowa Hospital Association on Monday questioned whether Iowa has reached agreements with heath care providers on more than 12,000 contracts to provide Medicaid services through for-profit management companies. Federal officials will not allow Iowa to move forward with Gov. … Continue reading

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