Health Care Regulation

Iowa Senate sends radon, crossbow bills to governor

The Iowa Senate on Tuesday accepted a scaled-down effort to raise awareness among schools officials of the potential harmful health threats posed by the presence of radon gas in their buildings.

Senators voted 39-10 to send Senate File 366 t [...]

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Report: Obamacare computers not yet equipped to fix errors

The website is not yet equipped to handle appeals by thousands of people seeking to correct errors the system made when they were signing up for the new federal healthcare law, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

The newsp [...]

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Need a doctor? Take a number

Dr. Frank Hesse of Albuquerque is a retired general surgeon, the former chairman of the state Health Policy Commission and one of the founders of a nonprofit organization that recruits health care providers to New Mexico.

And he's had troubl [...]

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Iowa gets bonus for enrolling more children in health insurance coverage

DES MOINES – Iowa is in line for a nearly $10.62 million bonus for successfully enrolling more children in health insurance coverage this year.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded over $307 million in performance b [...]

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Iowans urged to reapply for health care coverage

DES MOINES — As many as 16,000 Iowans who applied for federal health care plan through the website may not have insurance for the month of January.

The Iowa Department of Public Health is encouraging those people to reapply fo [...]

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Will charging more for health insurance stop bad habits?

Smokers have long known tobacco's risks, among them lung cancer, emphysema and other respiratory problems. But now using tobacco also could mean having to pay up to 50 percent higher health insurance premiums.

A rule under the Affordable Car [...]

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Consumers get one-day extension on Obamacare deadline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration said on Monday it has extended a deadline for health insurance under Obamacare, giving consumers shopping on an extra day, until December 24, to pick plans to kick in for coverage begi [...]

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Iowa Gov. Branstad, Obama administration agree on Medicaid

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has reached an agreement with the Obama administration to approve the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, his office said Thursday.

The plan would expand Medicaid in the state, a key part of implementing the Affordable Ca [...]

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Obama administration approves most of Iowa's Medicaid plan

The Obama administration said Tuesday it has approved a large part of Iowa's proposed Medicaid expansion plan, an integral piece of the Affordable Care Act's rollout in the state.

The approval, however, granted only part of the state's reque [...]

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Iowa Health and Wellness plan still awaiting fed approval

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad’s Iowa Health and Wellness Plan still doesn’t have federal approval less than a month before plans are supposed to go into effect.

Two months ago, administration officials said that although they hoped for a [...]

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Paul Ryan: Obama second term 'big government in practice'

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan told a Republican gathering in Altoona Saturday night that Americans are witnessing “big government in practice” during President Obama’s second term and many don’t like what they’re seeing.

Ryan, 43, an unsuccessful [...]

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Bowing to political pressure, President Obama unveils fix on healthcare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama bowed to political pressure over his signature healthcare reform on Thursday, announcing that he would allow insurers to extend for one year policies that have been canceled, even if they do not comply [...]

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Miller warns Iowans about Obamacare-related scams

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is warning Iowans that confusion over the new federal Affordable Care Act may be providing an opening for scam artists.

Miller, during a stop in Waterloo on Wednesday, expressed concern about scammers who may [...]

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