Category Archives: Courtney Report

The Courtney Report: The Medicaid Mess

This came in late last weekend, but is still quite relevant. Governor Branstad and his compadres have totally botched this transition in their haste to start funneling our tax money to their donors. This was, of course, a change that … Continue reading

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Share Your Medicaid Story – The Courtney Report

This week we pull out one very important story from the Courtney Report. If you are involved with Medicaid in Iowa or know anyone who is, please share your story so that the the profitized system can be held accountable: … Continue reading

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The Courtney Report

(ed. note: The excerpts this week focus on getting help for Medicaid recipients who have been left behind by the rush to privatization. More of Sen. Courtney’s newsletter can be found here) UPCOMING PUBLIC FORUMS Burlington Medicaid listening session – … Continue reading

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The Courtney Report

The following are excerpts from Sen. Courtney’s newsletter. The full newsletter can be seen here. BIPARTISAN OVERSIGHT WILL PROTECT VULNERABLE IOWANS Despite its disappointing and troubling start, the Branstad-Reynolds Medicaid privatization plan is moving forward. Our job now is to … Continue reading

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The Courtney Report

Excerpts from Sen. Tom Courtney’s weekly legislative report. The full newsletter can be found here: http://www.senate.iowa.gov/senator/courtney/newsletter/ IOWANS WANT GREAT LOCAL SCHOOLS Iowa leaders, parents, students and teachers are calling on Governor Branstad and lawmakers to make our local schools a … Continue reading

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The Courtney Report

The Iowa Legislature is back in session. We are quite happy to once again turn a corner of this blog over to excerpts from the newsletter of State Senator Tom Courtney and occasionally others. The full newsletter can be read … Continue reading

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Feds Wisely Delay Iowa’s Medicaid Privatization‏

The decision by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week to delay privatization of Iowa’s Medicaid program is a victory for Medicaid recipients and providers. Thousands of Iowans have been telling us this for months: the … Continue reading

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HEALTH CARE CHANGES COULD HARM VULNERABLE IOWANS

Many Iowans are expressing concern about Governor Branstad’s unilateral decision to privatize Iowa’s Medicaid program. If fully implemented, the Governor’s decision would have negative impacts on Iowa’s most vulnerable citizens and Iowa’s healthcare providers. I’m concerned that people in our … Continue reading

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The Courtney Report: School Funding And Mental Health Vetos

We haven’t had a Courtney Report for a while. This one is particularly timely since it concerns the Governor’s ill advised line item veto of of part of the school funding. This is an excerpt of the Courtney Report. To … Continue reading

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School Funding, Affordable College, Bipartisan Bills: The Courtney Report

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, QUALITY SCHOOLS REMAIN KEY STICKING POINTS Disagreements over education funding are preventing the Legislature from adjourning for the year. Iowa families count on great local schools to give their children and grandchildren a leg up in life. High-quality … Continue reading

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