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New report: Medicaid expansion supports maternal, child health

Posted on 05/24/2019 at 10:20 AM
Healthier moms lead to healthier babies—a reality supported by Medicaid expansion. New research from Georgetown University Health Center for Children and Families shows states—like Iowa—that expand Medicaid improve the health of women of childbearing age by increasing access to preventative care and reducing health complications and maternal mortality rates. Iowa saw...

New report: Foster youth increasingly placed in families

Posted on 04/05/2019 at 1:37 PM
Children in the care of Iowa’s child welfare system are more likely than ten years ago to be placed in families, as opposed to group homes or other settings, according to the “Keeping Kids in Families: Trends in U.S. Foster Care Placement,” a new data snapshot released this week by...

Governor releases HHS funding proposal

Posted on 02/01/2019 at 3:25 PM
The joint House-Senate Health and Human Services Budget Subcommittee met this week to hear the Governor’s funding recommendations for services under the subcommittee’s purview. The HHS budget represents 26 percent of the state’s general fund—second only behind education—and funds many services critical to the well-being of Iowa children and their...

Policy priority: Early Childhood Iowa

Posted on 01/25/2019 at 6:04 PM
This week, the joint House-Senate Education Appropriations subcommittee met to hear about the Governor's recommendations for education funding. Gov. Reynolds is proposing a modest 2.3 percent increase in per-pupil funding for K-12 schools. But once again, our state's early childhood education programs saw a recommendation for status quo funding. If...

Response to Governor's Condition of the State

Posted on 01/23/2019 at 2:15 PM
The first week of session was a relatively quiet one, but two key events merit note. First was Gov. Kim Reynolds' Condition of the State address Tuesday. We were particularly heartened to hear her support for a children's mental health system, but had hoped to hear more on other issues...
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