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Public News Service - IA: Poverty

National Rural Health Day recognizes rural healthcare providers and the patients they serve. Courtesy: USDA

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa is among the top 10 states with adults in excellent or good health, according to a survey by the Iowa Department of Health. In large part, that's the result of Iowa's rural health care system, since 43 percent of the state's population lives in rural areas or small communit

S new poll shows strong support remains for Social Security among people of all ages and political affiliations. Credit: zimmytws.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Today marks the 80th anniversary of Social Security, and a new report finds strong support for the program among people of all ages and from all walks of life. The survey from AARP showed that across generations and political affiliations, Social Security is considered one of the

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the legality of the Affordable Care Act subsidies for those in Iowa and nationwide. Credit: Ted Eytan/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Saying that Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health-insurance markets, not destroy them, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the subsidies available to those in Iowa and across the nation for plans available through the federal marketplaces. Among those applauding

PHOTO: A new report calls for a stronger focus on a new ways to measure poverty and evaluate the programs aimed at helping families in financial turmoil. Photo credit: Kelly Sikkema/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Child poverty in the U.S. has been measured in the same way for decades, but a new report shows there may be better indicators of child well-being and the programs that aim to help kids from lower-income families. Mike Crawford, director with Iowa Kids Count, says one key proble

PHOTO: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as women across Iowa are reminded that early detection can save lives. Photo credit: Gerry Lauzon/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - It's estimated that the chance of a woman developing breast cancer at some time in her life is about one in eight, and women across Iowa are being reminded of the importance of screenings. Regular self exams or mammograms can help catch breast cancer early, bettering the odds of

PHOTO: The U.S. Census Bureau reports the poverty rate in Iowa last year was 12.7 percent, the same as 2012. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The latest figures show while the poverty rate ticked down slightly nationwide, the rate in Iowa didn't budge between 2012 and 2013. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty rate in the state held steady at 12.7 percent, or about 380,000 people. Many of them are working,

PHOTO: A new poll shows economic security and support for caregivers are key issues for older Iowans as they decide which candidates to support in the November general election. Photo credit: Tax Credit/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The November general election is less than three months away, and a new poll shows older Iowans are seeking candidates who will focus on improving their economic security. Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president with AARP, says their survey questioned likely Iowa voters age 50 an

PHOTO: Residents from across Iowa are gathering this morning (10-11 a.m.) to share their stories of age discrimination in the workplace. Photo credit: Jenn Durfey/Flickr

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – As Congress considers legislation to provide protections for older workers, Iowans are sharing their stories of age discrimination on the job today at a public hearing in Cedar Rapids. AARP Iowa is hosting the event. State Director Kent Sovern says age discrimination in

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