Amanda Ragan

08/02/2016 - 1:57pm
Providers say private Medicaid hurts care     Iowa Medicaid providers are struggling under the Branstad-Reynolds privatization plan, according to a new survey.     More than 400 doctors, hospitals, local clinics and non-profit health care providers completed the survey. They have faced hurdles and headaches in providing high-quality care since Iowa's $5 billion...
06/14/2016 - 3:40pm
Tourism grows the economy and improves quality of life      Summer is here, and it’s time to enjoy all that Iowa has to offer.      Our great quality of life is bolstered by the arts, culture and recreation. These opportunities and amenities are important to local communities. They attract families and...
05/31/2016 - 4:11pm
Honoring Iowa veterans and service members      Each May, we celebrate Armed Forces Day, paying tribute to the men and women in our military, and Memorial Day, honoring those who died serving our country.       The commitment of Iowans to serve our country has always been strong. That’s why...
05/17/2016 - 12:13pm
Maintaining our commitments in tight budget times      The 2016 legislative session wrapped up April 29. It was a tight budget year, but as always, we balanced the state budget responsibly. Iowa will end the fiscal year with a $75 million surplus and $700 million in reserve funds.      Some of our biggest...
04/26/2016 - 3:12pm
Finalizing a state budget that maintains commitments        As we wrap up the 2016 session, we are working on a responsibly balanced state budget based on details of an agreement between the House and Senate. For now, Iowans have chosen a divided state government – with a Republican governor, Republican-controlled...
04/19/2016 - 4:12pm
Iowa focuses efforts to stop human trafficking        Human trafficking uses force, fraud or coercion to exploit someone for sex or labor. It is now a $150 billion industry, and it’s happening in Iowa.      SF 2191, approved unanimously by the Legislature and signed into law, establishes an Office...
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