Healthiest Iowa Initiative Announces “Medicaid Madness” Tour Locations for Events on Wednesday, March 27th

26 organizations have joined the Healthiest Iowa Initiative, including small business owners, health care providers, and citizen organizations

DES MOINES — The Healthiest Iowa Initiative today announced locations and details for the “Medicaid Madness” tour that will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, March 27th. The events, which will educate Iowans about Medicaid expansion and ask them to contact Governor Branstad to support Medicaid expansion, will take place in Waterloo, Davenport, Mason City, Ottumwa, and Cedar Rapids. More information about the Healthiest Iowa Initiative can be found at


“Medicaid Madness” March 27th Events


WHEN: Wednesday, March 27th, 10:00 AM

WHERE: Regional Business Center Conf. Room; 212 E 4th St, Waterloo, Iowa

WHO: Mandy Paris: Student Activist at the University of Northern Iowa

Chris Schwartz, community organizer for Working Families Win & Americans for Democratic Action

Midge Slater-Organizer for Iowa Alliance of Retired Americans


WHEN: Wednesday, March 27th, 10:15 am

WHERE: Community Health Care; 500 West River Drive, Davenport, Iowa

WHO: Tom Bowman, CEO, Community Health Care

Bill Gluba, Mayor of Davenport

Ken Croken, VP of Corporate Communication, Genesis Health System

Berlinda Tyler-Jamison, VP of Community impact and Advocacy, Trinity Regional Health System


WHEN: Wednesday, March 27th, 9:00 AM

WHERE: Cerro Gordo County Courthouse; 220 N Washington Ave, Mason City, Iowa

WHO: Chris Petersen, Iowa Main Street Alliance

John Colombo, IBEW


WHEN: Wednesday, March 27th, 11:00 AM

WHERE: Hawkeye Labor Council, AFL-CIO; 1211 Wiley Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

WHO: Norm Sterzenbach, board member, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans

Matt Sinovic, executive director, Progress Iowa


WHEN: Wednesday, March 27th, 12:30 PM

WHERE: Ottumwa Pediatrics; 1000 Pennsylvania, Ottumwa, Iowa

WHO: Rick Johnson, Executive Director of River Hills Community Health Center;

Cheryll Jones, Regional Director of University of Iowa Specialized Child Health Clinic

Steve Siegel, President of Southern Iowa Labor Council AFL-CIO

Accepting Medicaid expansion would cover an additional 150,000 Iowans – uninsured young adults, veterans, the working poor, and mentally ill. Although he has objected to expansion because of a potential failure on the part of the federal government to honor its commitments, Governor Branstad’s alternative plan costs Iowa more and still relies on the federal government for funding. Full details of the Governor’s plan have not been released, but reviews of the limited information that is available indicate that the Governor’s proposal would cost the state more while providing fewer Iowans with the health security they need.

The 26 organizations participating in the Healthiest Iowa Initiative include AFSCME Iowa Council 61, Americans for Democratic Action, AMOS, Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa, Disability Rights Iowa, Hawkeye Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, Iowa Citizen Action Network, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Iowa Human Needs Advocates, Iowa Main Street Alliance, Iowa Mental Health Planning Council, Iowa Olmstead Consumer Task Force, Iowa State Education Association, Iowa Statewide Independent Living Council, NAMI Greater Des Moines, National Association of Social Workers, Iowa Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upper Midwest Chapter, One Iowa, Passageway, Planned Parenthood Voters of Iowa, Progress Iowa, Progressive Action for the Common Good, South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and Working Families Win.

In addition to learning about Medicaid expansion at Medicaid Madness events, Iowans are encouraged to sign the following petition at Iowa has the opportunity to approve a Medicaid expansion as part of Obamacare. We call on Governor Branstad to take this opportunity to help thousands of Iowans rather than pursue a plan that costs more, covers fewer and has no guarantee of federal funding. There are no real reasons – only political rhetoric – for failing to support Medicaid expansion in madness



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