Daily Archives: January 22, 2016

Update on Medicaid Privatization

At the request of Sen. Liz Mathis, the Senate Human Resources Committee will hear an update on Medicaid privatization on Monday, January 25, in Room 22 of the Iowa Statehouse. The speaker will be Mikki Stier, Iowa Medicaid Director. The … Continue reading

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Here is your January 22nd, 2016 Friday Alert: ARA

Rubio, Kasich Respond to Alliance Questions about Social Security and Medicare Cuts Alliance activists are engaging the presidential candidates on the stump, and the most recent instances involved Sen. Marco Rubio and Governor John Kasich in New Hampshire. Sen. Rubio … Continue reading

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Branstad warned of education ‘disaster’ without funding

Iowa education leaders warned Gov. Terry Branstad Thursday that failing to fund a mandated summer reading program would create a “disaster” in 2017, when the state will begin holding back third-graders who are poor readers. As many as 8,000 Iowa third-graders are … Continue reading

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Iowa Senate leader: State still not ready for privatized Medicaid care

DES MOINES — A top Senate Democrat said Thursday she does not believe Iowa will have the safeguards in place by March 1 to proceed with the change to privately managed Medicaid services, and she hopes federal regulators again will … Continue reading

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Editorial: Medicaid savings: Pick a number. Any number

During a meeting with the Register last week, Gov. Terry Branstad said his controversial plan to privatize administration of Medicaid would save $102 million. He cited a report from Milliman, a consulting company the state regularly uses. Without privatization, “the … Continue reading

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Branstad staff: Medicaid savings report shows more

Some lawmakers were told by state officials Thursday that “additional key observations” in an October report push the savings behind Gov. Terry Branstad’s plan to privatize Medicaid beyond budget projections. But those additional observations and other pieces of the report … Continue reading

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Report: 110,000 Iowa children in poverty

About 110,000 children live in poverty in Iowa, up 44 percent since 2000, although health and education indicators are generally trending positive, according to a report issued Thursday. The annual Kids Count report, which analyzes 20 indicators of child well-being … Continue reading

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Survey: Iowa Voters Expect Candidates to Address Social Security

DES MOINES, Iowa – More than nine of 10 Iowans who say they will attend a presidential precinct caucus on Feb. 1 say they’re concerned about the future of Social Security – concerned en ough that they want to hear … Continue reading

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Labor History

January 23 Some 10,000 clothing workers strike in Rochester, N.Y., for the 8-hour day, a 10-percent wage increase, union recognition, and extra pay for overtime and holidays. Daily parades were held throughout the clothing district and there was at least one … Continue reading

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