Daily Archives: November 3, 2015

Major concerns and unanswered questions force attempt to delay Medicaid privatization

Republicans block resolution to delay implementation Statement by Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, Co-Chair of the Legislature’s Health Policy Oversight Committee “Iowans have urgent concerns about Medicaid privatization and they are desperately asking their legislators for help. “That’s why … Continue reading

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Ragan: Medicaid mistakes putting additional burdens on at risk Iowans; Legislators must “clean up this mess as best we can”

Prepared remarks by Senator Amanda Ragan, Co-Chair of the Iowa Legislature’s Health Policy Oversight Committee http://bit.ly/1RsxsZ0   Governor Branstad’s proposal to privatize Iowa Medicaid is worrying tens of thousands of Iowans.  I can’t remember an issue that has ever generated … Continue reading

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Halloween is over… Governor Branstad needs to put the brakes on his unilateral decision to privatize Iowa’s Medicaid program.

His plan is to turn over the care of more than a half million Iowans—that’s one in five of us—to four managed care companies by January 1, 2016. With this change, we will see administrative costs jump from 3 to 15 … Continue reading

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Labor History

November 04 Populist humorist Will Rogers was born on this day near Oologah, Indian Territory (later Oklahoma). One of his many memorable quotes: “I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.” – 1879 Some 3,000 dairy farmers demonstrate in … Continue reading

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