Obamacare http://iowapublicradio.org en Pipeline Politics http://iowapublicradio.org/post/pipeline-politics <p>A new U.S. State Department report raises no major environmental objections to the possible construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, but the report is being treated differently by Democrats and Republicans. &nbsp;That and other political news; analysts for this Politics Day include Steffen Schmidt from Iowa State University and Bruce Nesmith from Coe College.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:19:39 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 35847 at http://iowapublicradio.org Pipeline Politics Feds Approve Iowa's Medicaid Expansion Alternative - Mostly http://iowapublicradio.org/post/feds-approve-iowas-medicaid-expansion-alternative-mostly-0 <p>A months-long battle over health insurance for thousands of uninsured low-income Iowans has moved closer to resolution.&nbsp; The federal government agreed to most of the plan Iowa adopted instead of&nbsp; simply expanding Medicaid. But the feds say the poorest individuals should not have to pay premiums, as proposed under the Iowa plan.</p><p></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:45:33 +0000 Joyce Russell 33354 at http://iowapublicradio.org Feds Approve Iowa's Medicaid Expansion Alternative - Mostly 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 News Buzz: Obamacare Fix and Cholesterol Guidelines http://iowapublicradio.org/post/news-buzz-obamacare-fix-and-cholesterol-guidelines <p>While support to reduce prison sentences has been growing, Iowa State University sociologist <a href="http://www.soc.iastate.edu/staff/delisi.html">Matt DeLisi</a> <a href="http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2013/11/12/delisioffenderreduction">recently testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee</a> that for certain offenders this would be a mistake.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 19:32:31 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 32197 at http://iowapublicradio.org News Buzz: Obamacare Fix and Cholesterol Guidelines 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 Obamacare: Tech Glitches and Policy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obamacare-tech-glitches-and-policy <p>Join host Ben Kieffer&nbsp;to e<span style="line-height: 1.5;">xamine the technical issues surrounding the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and answer questions about the law itself, including its requirements and the process of enrolling in the health insurance exchanges online.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:33:35 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 30974 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obamacare: Tech Glitches and Policy 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 Politics Day: Shutdown and Debt Ceiling http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-shutdown-and-debt-ceiling <p> Representative Steve King of Iowa&rsquo;s 4<sup>th</sup> Congressional district has come to the fore in the current debate over the Affordable Care Act and the partial government shutdown.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with University Professor of Political Science at Iowa State University,&nbsp; Steffen Schmidt, and the Joan and Abbott Lipsky Professor of Political Science at Coe College, Bruce Nesmith about Congressman King and how far he and other Republican representatives are willing to go in pursuit of the end of Obamacare.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:34:03 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 30341 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day: Shutdown and Debt Ceiling 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 Politics Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-121 <p>Reconciliation, military rule or civil war--the three possible paths for Egypt. What can, or should, the U.S. do in regards to the Egyptian crisis?&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:37:37 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 27833 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day