Latest Morning Briefing Stories

Most Iowa Providers Unhappy With Privatized Medicaid: Survey

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Quality of care for beneficiaries and reimbursement speed are among the complaints cited by health care providers about Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program. Other news stories cover New York’s rebate efforts and Medicaid enrollment.

Use Of Crowd-Control Measures During Protests Challenged

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Tear gas, flash grenades and other tools employed by law enforcement during the escalating protests in several cities over the weekend left people injured. Seattle’s move to ban their use was blocked in court.

Face Masks Continue To Agitate Some

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The acceptance of wearing face masks to slow down the transmission of the coronavirus continues to grow, but there are still places where officials and others resist the idea.

Cash-Strapped States Misuse Funds Targeted To End Poverty

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The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, known as TANF, has been used by many states to help pay for programs that have little to do with moving poor people into the workforce, Stateline reports. Other outlets look at the president’s power to change the federal health law, technology problems for seniors and COVID-19’s effect on detention centers and prisons.

Delays In Reporting Negative COVID Tests Impact Virus Data in Wis.

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Positive virus test results are being reported quickly from Wisconsin county health officials to the state, but negative test results are taking days, in some cases. In Massachusetts and New York, frustration mounts over lengthy delays for COVID test results from labs.

Parental Panic: More School Districts Announce Online Start

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Georgia’s largest school district and a number of D.C.-area districts announce online schooling for the fall, and Seattle appears headed in the same direction. Arizona’s top education official suggests reopening plans should be based on data.

Iowa Medicaid Director Stepping Down

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Mike Randol was hired in November 2017 to oversee Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program. Randol previously held the same position in Kansas, which also privatized its Medicaid program.