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President Trump signs a spending bill to avert a government shutdown; it's deadline day for cities to opt out of a federal opioid settlement; and a new report says unsafe toys still are in stores.

November 22, 2019 


Affordable housing legislation was introduced in Congress yesterday, following the first debate questions about housing. Plus, Israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu was indicted for fraud, bribery, and breach of trust, just days after the Trump administration’s policy greenlighting Israeli settlement of the West Bank. And finally, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues his slow and steady potential entry into the race.

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An ‘Unhealthy’ Trend for Iowa Kids and Families

November 9, 2007

Des Moines, IA – "Minding the gap" is getting tougher for Iowa's working families. The Iowa Policy Project has reviewed the numbers for the last five years and found that more Iowa children who used to be covered by a parent's insurance policy, no longer are. Study author Colin Gordon says the findings indicate many parents are having to make tough choices about how to stretch their limited incomes.

"Since 2000, job-based insurance in Iowa has shed just under 90,000 children. We've lost ten percent of the children covered under job-based insurance in just those five years. I think what is happening, which is relatively new, is that people who are being offered insurance at work can't afford to buy family coverage."

Gordon says with more workers finding it harder to pay for health insurance, more children are left to be covered by the state's "Hawkeye" program. Currently the program, which still has not been funded by Congress, provides insurance coverage for more than 31,000 Iowa children.

Dick Layman/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - IA