insurance en Feds Approve Iowa's Medicaid Expansion Alternative - Mostly <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 Feds Approve Iowa's Medicaid Expansion Alternative - Mostly Health Insurance Updates <p>Two months after its disastrous launch, government officials say 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 Health Insurance Updates News Buzz: Obamacare Fix and Cholesterol Guidelines <p>While support to reduce prison sentences has been growing, Iowa State University sociologist <a href="">Matt DeLisi</a> <a href="">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 News Buzz: Obamacare Fix and Cholesterol Guidelines Livestock Producers Caught Without Safety Net <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; ">Farmers growing crops have insurance to ward off the financial failure of their season during this terrible drought. But there&rsquo;s no safety net like that in place for livestock producers. They are being turned away from government offices when they ask for help. What&rsquo;s the holdup? Harvest Public Media&rsquo;s Peggy Lowe reports that aid for livestock producers is tied up in Washington politics.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 13:28:46 +0000 Peggy Lowe 5345 at Livestock Producers Caught Without Safety Net Crop Insurance to the Rescue <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 1.7em; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 1.2em; margin-bottom: 1.1em;">Stop by most any unirrigated farm across the lower Midwest and you&#39;ll see crops in distress. Midwestern corn and soybean farmers are taking a beating during the recent drought, but it&#39;s not likely to drive many out of business.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 12:33:44 +0000 Frank Morris 5282 at Crop Insurance to the Rescue