Jack Hatch http://iowapublicradio.org en Investigating Iowa's Secret Settlements http://iowapublicradio.org/post/investigating-iowas-secret-settlements <p></p><p>A recent investigative report by the Des Moines Register uncovered secret settlements made by the state to fired state workers. Those ex-staffers say they were let go because of their ties to Democrats.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:25:58 +0000 Clay Masters 37892 at http://iowapublicradio.org Investigating Iowa's Secret Settlements Iowa Politicians Save Venom for 2014 Elections http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-politicians-save-venom-2014-elections <p>The first of the 2014 legislative session comes to a close today, perhaps overshadowed by Governor Terry Branstad announcing he’s running for reelection. Many state lawmakers have their eye on looming national and state elections. Associated Press Statehouse and Political Reporter Catherine Lucey talks with IPR’s Clay Masters about how Iowa politics are shaping up at outset of 2014. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:54:59 +0000 Clay Masters 34977 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Politicians Save Venom for 2014 Elections Senate Democrats Unveil Plan to Expand Medicaid with Opt-Out Option http://iowapublicradio.org/post/senate-democrats-unveil-plan-expand-medicaid-opt-out-option <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democrats in the Iowa senate say they’re extending an olive branch to Republican Governor Terry </span>Branstad<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> regarding their proposal to expand Medicaid in the state. The governor is opposed to expanding the joint federal state healthcare program for the poor mainly because he doesn’t believe the feds can continue to pay for it. Democrats are offering an opt-out provision in case federal funding levels </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">would</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> change.</span></p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:10:49 +0000 Clay Masters 17703 at http://iowapublicradio.org Senate Democrats Unveil Plan to Expand Medicaid with Opt-Out Option Medicaid Expansion Starts Moving in the Senate http://iowapublicradio.org/post/medicaid-expansion-starts-moving-senate <p>A plan to add 150,000 Iowans to Medicaid, the joint federal-state healthcare program for the poor is advanced today in the Democratic-controlled Senate. That comes the day before Republican Governor Terry Branstad meets with President Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services to talk about healthcare options. Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:54:32 +0000 Clay Masters 15833 at http://iowapublicradio.org Medicaid Expansion Starts Moving in the Senate Health Insurance Exchange in Iowa Unclear http://iowapublicradio.org/post/health-insurance-exchange-iowa-unclear <p></p><p></p><p>The Affordable Care Act calls on states to let federal officials know by Friday if they plan to launch their own healthcare exchanges. As Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports, Governor Branstad’s office says meeting the deadline will be challenging.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 20:01:00 +0000 Clay Masters 10694 at http://iowapublicradio.org Health Insurance Exchange in Iowa Unclear