The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) has once again declared October to be Cyber Security Awareness Month. With computers being a part of our everyday lives at work and at home, computer security is a constant issue. Cyber Security Awareness Month was first established in October 2004 as a way to raise awareness about the need for computer security nationwide.
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Posted below is the analysis of the omnibus budget bill proposed by House Republicans. The current schedule for the bill is to have it go through committee on Monday June 6 and then be debated on the floor on Tuesday June 7.
Speaker-Elect Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) today announced a second round of committee chairs for the 84th General Assembly. This group of committees will be tasked with putting the nearly 114,000 Iowans who are out of a job back to work.
Medicaid service providers across the state are asking why Gov. Culver chose to raise reimbursement rates for AFSCME union members while everyone else continues to provide services at a lower payment level. Legislative Republicans are pushing for answers from the governor and the state’s Medicaid agency.
“State government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers,” said Rep. Linda Upmeyer, Republican Whip. “In this case, if you happen to be an AFSCME member, you win. This kind of favoritism reeks of an election-year stunt and is not fair to many hard working Iowans across the state.”
Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal reported that insurers are implementing a new round of premium increase this fall. The cause – the federal health care reform legislation passed last March.
“…these costs are now being passed on to consumers.”
In an effort to show voters some tangible benefit from the bill, congressional Democrats required certain insurance reforms to go into effect six months after it went into effect. These reforms, like eliminating pre-existing condition exclusions and coverage for children up to age 26, start going into effect on September 23.
What is surprising to many supporters of the bill is that these changes have costs. And these costs are now being passed on to consumers.
Health insurance premiums in Iowa rose 13 percent, according to the latest survey of employers in the state. The annual study done by David P. Lind and Associates found that premiums for both individual and family coverage rose by 13 percent from their 2009 levels. And since 1999, insurance premiums have risen 132 percent while Iowans’ income had only risen 33 percent.
Citizens, health care providers, legislators, they all have the same question these days. How much with the newly-enacted health care reform bill cost Iowa? Despite efforts to get an answer from national organizations, members of Congress, the Department of Human Services, or any other source, there is no definitive answer currently available.
Each day brings a new discovery on how the federal bill will change health care in Iowa. Read more…
As the House adjourned the 2nd session of the 83rd General Assembly, the House Republican Research Staff put together an end of session wrap-up of notable bills in all committees.
With great fanfare last week, the Office of Energy Independence (OEI) urged Iowans to consider upgrading their home appliances since the Federal government had provided the state with $2.6 million in stimulus funds for rebates. On Monday morning, Iowans responded. And now, many of them have questions about what happened.