Sustainable, Long-Term Funding for Water Quality

After three years of working on water quality legislation, the Iowa House passed a bipartisan bill that establishes a dedicated, long-term source of funding for water quality projects across the state.

The bill provides $282 million in new funding over the next 12 years to make improvements in water treatment infrastructure and continue implementation of the research-based Nutrient Reduction Strategy.  This bill focuses efforts on both urban and rural improvements.

Last year, more than $400 million was invested into water quality efforts across the state.  The passage of Senate File 512 will increase funding even more and bring about historic levels of investment.

This bill makes improvements that will ensure Iowans have access to clean drinking water and that natural resources are preserved for future generations.

This is not the end of the discussion however.  House Republicans are committed to continue working on water quality issues and will look for opportunities to keep Iowa’s lakes, rivers, and streams clean.

Ensuring Managed Care Works for Iowans

The transition to managed care is improving, but House Republicans recognize that there are still challenges with the system and we will continue to work hard to support patients and providers in their districts.

In her Condition of the State address, Governor Reynolds acknowledged that mistakes have been made in the rollout of managed care but made a commitment to make it right.  She has brought in new leadership to manage the program, with experience and expertise in managed care.  The Governor’s office has already begun working on solutions to improve the system.

Almost 40 other states are using managed care for their Medicaid programs and have successful programs.  There is no reason Iowa can’t be successful as well.

The reality is that if we go back to the government-run system, costs will again skyrocket which would result in cuts to K-12 education and/or tax increases.

We need managed care to work so that the sustainability of the program is not at risk for vulnerable Iowans in the future.

Pictures from the Hill

Students from Hawkeye Community College were here for Community College Day. Representative Koester and I visiting an Iowa Reading Corps site at Kate Mitchell Elementary in Ames.  They partner with United Way to improve literacy.