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VIGILANCE NEEDED WITH PRIVATE MEDICAID

Date Posted: August 3rd, 2016 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: No Comments

Senate Democrats are listening and remain committed to addressing the difficulties private Medicaid has created for patients, health care providers and caregivers. We tried to prevent these problems when a bipartisan Senate majority voted to stop the transition to private Medicaid (SF 2125), but the Republican-controlled House refused to consider the bill.   Instead, we […]

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PROVIDERS SAY PRIVATE MEDICAID HURTS CARE

Date Posted: August 2nd, 2016 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: No Comments

Iowa Medicaid providers are struggling under the Branstad-Reynolds privatization plan, according to a new survey. The survey was completed by more than 400 doctors, hospitals, local clinics and non-profit health care providers. They have faced hurdles and headaches in providing high-quality care since Iowa’s $5 billion Medicaid program was privatized on April 1. According the […]

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STATE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES MORE LIMITED THAN EVER

Date Posted: August 1st, 2016 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: No Comments

Governor Branstad’s closing of Mental Health Institutes is taking its toll. Iowa is worst in the nation when it comes to the state’s ability to provide inpatient mental health treatment for our citizens. According to the nonpartisan Treatment Advocacy Center, Iowa has only 64 state beds (down from 149 in 2010) for mental health patients—that’s […]

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CF COMPANY DEVELOPS DIAGNOSIS TECHNOLOGY

Date Posted: July 30th, 2016 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: No Comments

iTR Diagnostics, located in Cedar Falls, has developed a Parkinson’s disease diagnostic system they believe to be more accurate than current methods. The system is designed to diagnose patients before physical symptoms appear, allowing for earlier, more effective and less expensive treatments. Their system can also track disease progression for patient care and research purposes. Iowa’s […]

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MUSEUM FEATURES NEW VIETNAM EXHIBIT

Date Posted: July 29th, 2016 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: No Comments

I was honored to speak recently at The Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum for the permanent Vietnam exhibit. It recognizes all the Iowa Vietnam Veterans who died in the war. You can do a pencil rubbing and print out, just like at the Vietnam Wall in D.C. This update is a part of the Grout’s […]

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SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH PRIVATIZED MEDICAID

Date Posted: July 3rd, 2016 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: No Comments

Are you an Iowa Medicaid provider? I want to hear from you.   Recently, many care providers have reported that they are struggling to be paid by the for-profit, out-of-state corporations that now run Iowa’s Medicaid program, which provides health care services to more than a half million Iowans.   Failing to promptly pay local […]

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REDUCE DRIVING DISTRACTIONS IN WORK ZONES

Date Posted: July 2nd, 2016 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: No Comments

Iowa’s traffic fatalities have been on the rise this year, including fatal crashes in work zones. Distractions are dangerous for any driver, but they can be especially deadly when traveling through a work zone.   The Iowa Department of Transportation is in the midst of its busiest construction season ever, with more than $716 million […]

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HOW IS STATE GOVERNMENT USING YOUR TAX DOLLARS?

Date Posted: July 2nd, 2016 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: No Comments

Legislators are committed to using your hard-earned tax dollars responsibly on initiatives that ensure Iowa’s working families and small businesses can get ahead. That’s especially true in tight budget times.   Iowa is one of the top 10 states for government accountability, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. The organization’s annual Follow the […]

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REGISTER FOR IOWA WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE

Date Posted: July 1st, 2016 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: No Comments

“Sharing Solutions” is the theme of the 10th annual Iowa Women in Agriculture Conference at the FFA Enrichment Center on July 26 in Ankeny.   The conference will focus on current farm challenges, including marketing strategies, financial risk management, rental rates and beginning farmers. Participants may also attend a Water Quality Tour on Monday, July 25. […]

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FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY IS PAYING OFF

Date Posted: July 1st, 2016 | Author: Jeff | Category: Under the Dome Update | Comments: No Comments

The State of Iowa remains in good financial shape, according to independent analysis by the Iowa State Auditor and others.   Money has been tight, but by sticking to sound budgeting principles, we closed out the fiscal year with a surplus of about $80 million. We’re also prepared for a rainy day, with more than […]

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