Health and Human Services

Politics Day

Oct 23, 2013
Ben Kieffer / Iowa Public Radio

President Obama has vowed to fix the Affordable Care Act's online insurance exchanges after an embarrassing launch, but what of the pending political fallout?

Also, will U.S. Rep. Steve King (R.-Iowa) have a challenger within the Republican Party for his seat next November and what are U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R.-Texas) prospects for a 2016 presidential run?

A task force appointed by the governor will soon be recommending major changes at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo.   An inspection last year revealed that teen-aged girls were being held in isolation for months at a time.  An  interim administrator told the task force about improvements at the home.     But the  advocacy group which unveiled the abuse still has concerns about restraining young girls.  

Expanding Safe Haven

Feb 22, 2012

Fourteen lives… It’s not often you can quantify the effects of a state law in such concrete terms.  But in Iowa, 14 newborns have been delivered safely to health care facilities, and then successfully adopted to families under the “Safe Haven” law.  Host Ben Kieffer talks about a bill that would expand the law to cover babies up to one year of age, and other approaches to expanding the reach of a well-intentioned law, as well as the concerns raised by any such expansion.  Guests include Missouri State Senator Eric Schmitt, Iowa State Representative Mark Smith, Stephen Scott of Prevent Child