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Iowa’s expansion of Medicaid has increased access to health care for thousands. These latest census findings set a baseline for an evaluation of the impact of privatization of Medicaid that Governor Branstad imposed this year.
When the 2016 session began, Iowa faced a host of critical challenges. This session has done little to ease any of the major concerns, and nothing to meet them for the long term.
“Is it a better use of taxpayers’ money to send millions in checks to profitable companies to do research they would do anyway, or to make sure schools can hire enough teachers next fall?”
“Too often, we see public officials relying on these rankings and the policy prescriptions they promote, when in fact the rankings have no predictive value for economic growth,” said Fisher.
The path to advancements in education, economic stability and environmental stewardship — as well as other critical areas where strong public policy and institutions are necessary — rests on strong, strategic investments.
The new health-coverage data show Iowans gaining both in public coverage, which would include the expansion of Medicaid resulting from the Affordable Care Act, and in private coverage.
Governor Branstad’s words ring hollow in his decisions to cut education funding and to prevent greater access to child care assistance.
Over half the jobs in Iowa pay less than what is needed by many families to achieve basic self-sufficiency. Work support programs are important — but “cliffs” in those programs can send a family’s total resources plummeting with even a small increase in income.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (September 18, 2014) — More Iowans remained in poverty four years after the recession than before, new data from the Census Bureau showed Thursday.
The American Community Survey (ACS) indicated that 12.7 percent of Iowans — about Read more
Even with better health insurance coverage than most states, a quarter of a million Iowans were without insurance in 2013. Public policies now in place — including Obamacare — should reduce that.