Affordable Care Act http://iowapublicradio.org en Iowans Weigh in on Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowans-weigh-supreme-court-hobby-lobby-decision <p>Monday's U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby can be seen as "narrow" or "broad" - depending on how it's looked at. Today on <em>River to River</em>, we ask a political scientist and a legal expert what implications this ruling has for the future.</p><p>Today's guests include: Scott Peters, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa, and Mark Kende, Professor of Law at Drake and the Director of the Drake Constitutional Law Center.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:52:28 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 43085 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowans Weigh in on Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Decision Primaries a Bellweather for Iowa's U.S. Senate Race? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/primaries-bellweather-iowas-us-senate-race <p>On Tuesday, six states held nominating contests and the Republican establishment scored big wins. Are the results a bellwether for Iowa’s primaries in less than two weeks?&nbsp; Political analysts Dennis Goldford of Drake University and Tim Hagle of the University of Iowa give us their thoughts on the primaries for open congressional seats here in Iowa.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer asks how the issues of minimum wage and the Affordable Care Act are being talked about by Iowa's GOP candidates for U.S. Senate.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 20:06:21 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 41003 at http://iowapublicradio.org Primaries a Bellweather for Iowa's U.S. Senate Race? In Medical Billing, Everyone Pays a Different Price http://iowapublicradio.org/post/medical-billing-everyone-pays-different-price <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a small room stuffed with cubicles at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, a team of patient advocates answers phones, enters data, and determines who is eligible for financial assistance.</span></p><p>When a patient at Mercy is faced with a hospital bill they can’t pay, they come here. Team leader Karla Vaquerano-Serio says many times, it’s only a matter of helping a patient sign up for a federal program they didn’t realize they qualified for.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 39987 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Medical Billing, Everyone Pays a Different Price Opening the Floodgates for Money in Politics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/opening-floodgates-money-politics <p>Four years after the Citizens United ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has made a landmark decision that frees the nation's wealthiest donors to have greater influence in federal elections. Today on politics day, analysis of the court's decision.</p><p>Host Ben Kieffer talks with political analysts Stephen Schmidt and Timothy Hagle.</p><p>Also, a last-minute enrollment surge enabled the White House to meet its original sign-up target for the Affordable Care Act, a surprising victory for the Obama administration. How does this change the political landscape?</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:18:33 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 38527 at http://iowapublicradio.org Opening the Floodgates for Money in Politics Rural Iowa Cancer Care Challenges Highlighted in New Report http://iowapublicradio.org/post/rural-iowa-cancer-care-challenges-highlighted-new-report <p>The Affordable Care Act or Obamacare is expected to provide millions more Americans with health insurance coverage. But a new report says the ACA alone may not solve disparities in <em>cancer care.</em> The University of Iowa partnered with the American Society of Clinical Oncology recently and released the <a href="http://www.asco.org/practice-research/cancer-care-america">State of Cancer Care in America: 2014.&nbsp;</a></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:49:26 +0000 Clay Masters 37438 at http://iowapublicradio.org Rural Iowa Cancer Care Challenges Highlighted in New Report Olympics Don't Ease U.S. Russian Strain http://iowapublicradio.org/post/olympics-dont-ease-us-russian-strain <p>Just outside the spotlight of these Olympic games in Sochi, Russia and the U.S. are navigating a tense point in their relationship.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College and Tim Hagel, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa about the tension and the ongoing cooperation between the U.S and Russia.&nbsp; They also reflect on the U.S. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:02:37 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 36194 at http://iowapublicradio.org Olympics Don't Ease U.S. Russian Strain Iowa Medicaid Alternative Shows Fed's Flexibility http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-medicaid-alternative-shows-feds-flexibility <p>More than twenty states have refused to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, leaving many Americans below the poverty line with few health insurance options. Some states are coming up with their own low-income health plans which would give them some of the federal money set aside for Medicaid expansions while writing their own rules. Federal authorities approved <em>Iowa’s</em> alternative proposal. As Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports… the rest of the country is taking note.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:20:00 +0000 Clay Masters 33827 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Medicaid Alternative Shows Fed's Flexibility Health Insurance Updates http://iowapublicradio.org/post/health-insurance-updates <p>Two months after its disastrous launch, government officials say HealthCare.gov is now working 90 percent of the time and can handle the promised capacity of 50,000 users at any given time. Today on River to River, host Ben Kieffer checks in with public policy experts, Pete Damiano and Dan Shane, as well as Wellmark's Blue Cross Blue Shield CFO David Brown. Then, Des Moines psychiatrist Dr. Joyce Vista-Wayne discusses the mental health provisions added to the Affordable Care Act.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:45:10 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 32989 at http://iowapublicradio.org Health Insurance Updates Health Care Outreach Workers Stretched Thin http://iowapublicradio.org/post/health-care-outreach-workers-stretched-thin <p></p><p>Even if the rollout of the federal health law had gone off without a technical hitch, getting millions of Americans to sign up for insurance would still be a tall order. That’s why the law includes funding for workers trained to help people find their way around the new system. But in rural states like Iowa, with populations spread across hundreds of miles, those workers face an especially daunting challenge.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:37:48 +0000 Sarah McCammon 32401 at http://iowapublicradio.org Health Care Outreach Workers Stretched Thin Iowa Insurance Commissioner: Obamacare Rollout "Bumpy," But Will Get Better http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-insurance-commissioner-obamacare-rollout-bumpy-will-get-better <p></p><p> November 1 marks a month since the launch of the federal health insurance marketplace under Obamacare. &nbsp;</p><p>As has been widely reported, the website has been plagued by problems from the start, and many Americans area struggling to get information.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:09:12 +0000 Sarah McCammon 31477 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Insurance Commissioner: Obamacare Rollout "Bumpy," But Will Get Better Politics Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-126 <p>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?</p><p>Also, will <a href="http://steveking.house.gov/">U.S. Rep. Steve King (R.-Iowa)</a> have a challenger within the Republican Party for his seat next November and what are <a href="http://www.cruz.senate.gov/">U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R.-Texas</a>) prospects for a 2016 presidential run?</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:26:40 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 31016 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day Iowa's Older Workers Struggle to Sign Up for Obamacare http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-older-workers-struggle-sign-obamacare <p></p><p>As we continue our look at the rollout of Obamacare in Iowa, we now turn to the implications of the new law for seniors. One of the key tenets of health reform is making coverage more accessible, by requiring everyone to get insurance – and spreading the risk among the young and old, the healthy and the sick. &nbsp;Experts say this means some younger, healthier workers will now pay more for their insurance. But for some older Iowans not yet eligible for Medicare, the rates will be within reach for the first time.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:21:56 +0000 Sarah McCammon 30869 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Older Workers Struggle to Sign Up for Obamacare Iowa Millennials Prepare for Affordable Care Act http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-millennials-prepare-affordable-care-act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><em><strong>Editor Note: </strong>The Millennials in the piece were found because they signed up for the <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/topic/iowa-public-radio-insight-network">IPR Insight Network</a>. Please consider <a href="http://iowapublicradio.org/topic/iowa-public-radio-insight-network">signing up today</a> and lending your expertise and experience to some of our reporting.</em></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:05:00 +0000 Clay Masters 30273 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Millennials Prepare for Affordable Care Act Obamacare could be tough sell in rural areas http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obamacare-could-be-tough-sell-rural-areas <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px;">The Affordable Care Act, often called &ldquo;Obamacare,&rdquo; took a big step forward Oct. 1, despite being a factor in the federal government shutdown, when new health insurance marketplaces opened for enrollment. Rural families are more likely to qualify for subsidized coverage, but reaching them to sign up will be part of the challenge.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 30110 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obamacare could be tough sell in rural areas Navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace http://iowapublicradio.org/post/navigating-health-insurance-marketplace <p>Today is the opening of the Affordable Care Act&#39;s &quot;Health Exchange Marketplace,&quot; but many Iowans are still confused about their options. Today on River To River, we clear up misconceptions and answer the questions&nbsp; Iowans have while venturing into a new health care landscape.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 19:22:21 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 29918 at http://iowapublicradio.org Navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace Sorting Out The Affordable Care Act in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sorting-out-affordable-care-act-iowa <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>October 1 is an important milestone in the rollout of health reform. The new insurance marketplace &ndash; where Iowans can select health coverage &ndash; goes live on October 1<sup>st</sup>. Iowa Public Radio&rsquo;s Sarah McCammon and Clay Masters have an overview of what to expect on the health exchange.</p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 09:36:00 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah McCammon 29824 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sorting Out The Affordable Care Act in Iowa Healthcare in Rural Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/healthcare-rural-iowa <p>At times, people living in rural Iowa struggle for access to medical specialists. The nearest pediatrician or cardiologist may be hours from a patient's home. River to River examines the state of rural health care in Iowa and now that health care is the law of the land, how will health care change in Iowa?</p><p></p> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 19:15:19 +0000 Ben Kieffer 10787 at http://iowapublicradio.org Healthcare in Rural Iowa 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 Hospital System Chief Praises Healthcare Ruling http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hospital-system-chief-praises-healthcare-ruling <p>Bill Leaver is CEO of Iowa Health System, the state&#39;s largest network of hospitals and clinics.&nbsp; He says the ruling will pave the way for more streamlined and prevention-focused healthcare.</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:54:36 +0000 Sarah McCammon 3968 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hospital System Chief Praises Healthcare Ruling Health Care Law Reaction and President David Maxwell of Drake University http://iowapublicradio.org/post/health-care-law-reaction-and-president-david-maxwell-drake-university <p>The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the health care mandate proposed by President Obama. Today on &quot;River to River&quot;, we hear what Iowans have to say about the decision. We also speak with political science professor, Dennis Goldford, on how the ruling may affect Iowa voters. Later in the program, Drake University President David Maxwell joins us as part of our summer series of conversations with Iowa university and college presidents. We&rsquo;ll talk about what private universities can do to be attractive and affordable during a challenging economy. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 18:51:58 +0000 Ben Kieffer 3927 at http://iowapublicradio.org Health Care Law Reaction and President David Maxwell of Drake University