Hagenow Releases Information on EpiPen Cost Increases
(DES MOINES) – House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights) today released information received from the Department of Human Services (DHS) regarding the rising cost of EpiPens in the Medicaid program.
According to the data provided by DHS, the average cost per EpiPen prescription has increased from $161.35 in FY12 to $453.61 in FY 2016, an increase of 181%. The total cost for EpiPens to the state has more than tripled, growing from $566,000 in FY12 to $2.1 million through the first nine months of FY 2016. If the current pace continues, the total cost to the state will reach nearly $2.8 million by the end of FY16.
“It’s clear from this report that Iowa has seen a substantial increase in the cost of the EpiPen to the Medicaid program. Iowa families have likely seen even larger increases because, unlike the state, they don’t have the luxury of getting a rebate from the federal government,” said Hagenow. “Like many Iowans, I’m suspicious of the dramatic rise in cost for EpiPens. I’ll continue asking questions to protect families and taxpayers.
I spoke with Attorney General Miller on this matter and he said his office is also looking into this. I look forward to working together with the Attorney General’s office to find answers for Iowa taxpayers during the next legislative session.”
Representative Ken Rizer, of Marion, just finished serving his first term in the Iowa House representing House District 68. This district consists of part of Linn County. Marion makes up the major population center in the district. In the House, Ken serves as Vice Chari of the Appropriations Committee. He also serves on the Commerce, Human Resources, and Judiciary committees, as well as the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee.
Ken served for 25 years as an Air Force commander and fighter pilot. He led Andrews Air Force Base, the home of Air Force One. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Aviation at the University of Dubuque.
Protecting Iowans from Cybercrime
Over the years, the threat of cybercrime has increased immensely. News of data breaches are becoming commonplace and far too often large amounts of personal data are stolen. We’ve seen increased activity of identity theft, ransomware, stolen archives of communications, and breaches to government information. These attacks can be carried out from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Read more »
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- 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
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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.
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »