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Statement: New Iowa DHS Director must prioritize child and family well-being

Posted on 09/06/2019 at 10:46 AM
We hope Governor Reynolds’ appointment of Kelly Kennedy Garcia as the new director of Iowa Department of Human Services marks a significant step toward making the needs of Iowa kids and families the top priority for the agency. Several DHS initiatives warrant Director Garcia’s immediate attention: Fix Iowa’s Medicaid system to...

Iowans could go hungry under this federal rule change

Posted on 08/15/2019 at 2:30 PM
Proposed changes in a key SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) rule would take away basic food assistance from more than 3 million people nationwide. Working families with children, seniors and individuals with disabilities would suffer the most from this proposal unveiled last month by the Trump Administration. This rule change would...

Q&A with Corrine Kroger (Vision To Learn)

Posted on 08/05/2019 at 2:33 PM
Corrine Kroger is the regional director at Vision To Learn Iowa, the state chapter of a national organization working to ensure students get the eye care they need to learn and do well in school. Corrine, who has led the chapter since its creation in 2016, oversees day-to-day operations as...

Statement: Let’s keep our eyes on the prize amidst DHS turmoil

Posted on 06/18/2019 at 1:28 PM
We can’t find much good news in the sudden departure of director Jerry Foxhoven from the Iowa Department of Human Services this week, especially coming in tandem with the departure of the department’s deputy director and on top of other staff shuffles and retirements. But the drama of what happened and...

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...
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