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Public News Service - IA: Poverty

PHOTO: Kris Gross and other SHIIP experts participate in last week's AARP Iowa teletown hall on Medicare open enrollment with more than 20,000 Iowans.

DES MOINES, Iowa - With the annual open enrollment now under way, Iowans who are on Medicare are being urged to review their coverage. According to Kris Gross, the director of the Iowa Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), over the next six-plus weeks, all recipients have a chance t

PHOTO: Only 22% of Iowans with disabilities currently have full-time employment. A forum to help change that is Oct. 17 in Ankeny. Photo credit: USDA

DES MOINES, Iowa - They are one of Iowa's great untapped resources: people with disabilities who are trying to break into the work force. That situation is being called to public attention in this Disabilities Employment Awareness Month. According to Becky Harker, executive director of the Iowa De

PHOTO: A new study on Social Security finds its economic impact in Iowa is $13.5 billion a year and nearly 100,000 jobs are supported. CREDIT: StockMonkeys.com

DES MOINES, Iowa - Social Security is not just a benefit that older Iowans have worked their whole lives for, it's also a major engine of economic growth, according to a new study from the AARP Public Policy Institute. Kent Sovern, state director, AARP of Iowa, said the study found that Social Secur

DES MOINES, Iowa - An expensive special session of the Legislature may not be needed after all since Governor Terry Branstad has now said he might be open to expanding Medicaid if he can be confident the federal government won't back out on its assurance to pay most of the additional cost. Anthony

PHOTO: Just as Iowa enters the coldest days of winter, utilities in the state report an all-time record number of customers who are past due on their power bills. Image by Fotolia.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Temperatures since December have been running below normal for Iowa, and those heating bills are coming due any day now. Jerry McKim, Iowa LIHEAP director, says Iowa started the winter with the number of households owing money on their power bills at an all-time high. "The rate-r

DES MOINES, Iowa - As temperatures hit 100 degrees for the first time in six years, some Iowans are facing the blast still owing money to their utility for winter heating. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (Liheap) in Iowa helped more than 90,000 households pay part of their power bills

PHOTO: Grandfather reading to child.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Grandma and grandpa playing the roles of mom and dad . . . again. It's becoming more common, with a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation showing some 2.7 million American children being raised by grandparents, or some other family members, at some point during their lives

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa is among 10 Midwestern states where the poverty rate in rural areas exceeds that of some urban centers. Jon Bailey, director of research and analysis at the Center for Rural Affairs, reviewed the census numbers, which show that about 13 percent of rural people live in povert

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