House Republican Caucus Newsletter – September 23, 2016

A new version of the September 2016 Newsletter is available for viewing.

Click the link below to view the PDF version:

Caucus Newsletter-September 22

In this edition:

  • Threats Grow as States Place Greater Emphasis on Cybersecurity
  • Will Iowa Consumers Be Able to Afford the Affordable Care Act?
  • Sex Offender Treatment Moved to Newton Prison
  • Governor Branstad Challenges U.S. Department of Labor Overtime Rule

Newsletters will be distributed every other Thursday throughout the interim.

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Meet Our Members – Sandy Salmon

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Representative Sandy Salmon just finished serving her second term in the Iowa House.  She represents Iowa’s 63rd District which includes Waverly.

Rep. Salmon is the Vice Chairwoman of the Veterans Affairs committee, and also serves on the Education, Human Resources, and Public Safety committees, as well as the Agriculture & Natural Resources budget subcommittee.

Sandy and her husband, Matt, live on an acreage between Janesville and Denver and have lived in northeast Iowa 23 years. Currently Sandy partners with her sister to manage the family farm in northwest Iowa.

Sandy was born in Oklahoma where her dad was stationed at the Army base, Fort Sill. After he was discharged the family moved back to their farm near Kingsley in northwest Iowa. They raised corn, soybeans, hogs, and cattle.

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Meet Our Members – Walt Rogers

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Representative Walt Rogers just finished serving his third term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 60th District which includes Cedar Falls, Hudson, and Waterloo.

Rep. Rogers serves as an Assistant Leader for the House Republican caucus and also serves as the Chairman of the Administration and Rules committee.  Additionally, he serves on the Appropriations, Economic Growth, Judiciary, and Local Government committees.

Walt was born on July 5, 1961, as the sixth of what would be eight children. Walt attended grade school in Waterloo and graduated from Columbus High School in 1979.

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Meet Our Members – Speaker Linda Upmeyer

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Speaker of the House Leader Linda Upmeyer just finished serving her seventh term in the Iowa House.  She represents Iowa’s 54th District which includes Clear Lake and Hampton.

Rep. Upmeyer serves as the first female Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives, and was previously elected as Iowa’s first female House Majority Leader by her peers in 2010.

Linda was born on July 23, 1952 in Mason City. Her father, Del Stromer, was a farmer and former Speaker of the Iowa House. Her mother, Harriet, is a homemaker and was a longtime aide to Del. Linda has one brother, David, a farmer in Garner, and a sister, Pam, in Dublin, Ohio.

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Majority Leader Hagenow’s Capitol Update

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Seeking Information and Investigation on EpiPen Price Surge

One of the most rewarding, yet sometimes difficult, aspects of serving in the legislature is being a voice for Iowans who have concerns and struggles affecting their daily lives.  One concern I hear regularly is the skyrocketing price of healthcare premiums and other healthcare related expenses that are forcing Iowa families to make major life-altering decisions to afford coverage and care. Most recently, I’ve heard concerns over the surging price of Mylan’s EpiPens. This life-saving device, now costing around $600, could be purchased for just $57 in 2007. Read more »

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Speaker Upmeyer’s Weekly Newsletter

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Ensuring Accountability

Labor Day weekend has come and gone which brought a much deserved long weekend for many. School is in full swing and fall sports have begun for the year.

A few months back, the state’s Medicaid program transitioned from an antiquated fee-for-service model to a new managed care program.  Medicaid Modernization, initiated by Governor Branstad in 2015, tasks three managed care organizations (MCOs) with coordinating the healthcare of Medicaid enrollees.  The MCOs generally focus their efforts to make patients healthier through wellness initiatives, while the old Medicaid system simply treated illnesses as they came about. Read more »

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Meet Our Members – Pat Grassley

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Representative Pat Grassley just finished serving his fifth term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 50th District, which includes Iowa Falls and Grundy Center.

Rep. Grassley is the Chairman Appropriations Committee, and also serves on the Commerce Committee.

Pat was born on May 26th, 1983, in New Hartford. His father, Robin, is a farmer and his mother, Diane, is a Teachers Assistant in the Dike-New Hartford School District. Pat has two younger sisters. Read more »

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House Republican Newsletter – September 8, 2016

A new version of the September 2016 Newsletter is available for viewing.

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Caucus Newsletter – September 8

In this edition:

  • State Revenue Up, But Not Enough to Keep Pace with REC Projection
  • Board of Regents Meets, Discusses FY18 Appropriations
  • Iowans Save $22 million in First Quarter of New Medicaid Program
  • Senator Grassley Requests Iowa Attorney General Investigate EpiPen Classification and Costs

Newsletters will be distributed every other Thursday throughout the interim.

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Vander Linden Named House Ways and Means Chairman

(DES MOINES) – Today, House Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) named Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R-Oskaloosa) as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.  Vander Linden will replace Rep. Tom Sands, who announced in June that he would not seek re-election this fall.

“Over the last six years, House Republicans have championed efforts to leave more money in the pockets of the hardworking taxpayers of Iowa,” said Vander Linden.  “In this new role, I will continue to put the taxpayers first by recognizing that tax dollars don’t belong to the government, but to the state’s families and businesses.  I look forward to finding more ways to reduce the tax burden on Iowa’s taxpayers. Read more »

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Meet Our Members – Dave Deyoe

rep_DeyoeRepresentative Dave Deyoe just finished serving his fifth term in the Iowa House.  He represents Iowa’s 49th District, which includes Nevada, Huxley, and Eldora.

Rep. Deyoe is the Chairman of the Economic Development budget subcommittee, and also serves on the Agriculture, Appropriations, Economic Growth, and Environmental Protection committees.

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