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Grassley works to give flexibility to foster-care children in accessing child care PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 17 March 2014 10:02
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate has given unanimous approval to a bipartisan amendment co-authored by Senator Chuck Grassley that would help to get children in the foster care system enrolled in available child care programs as quickly as possible by making them eligible for a paperwork grace period.

“The goal is to get these children into safe and secure child care and make sure it can happen with the kind of flexibility needed due to the realities facing children in foster care,” Grassley said.

The foster-care amendment is now part of legislation (S.1086) to reauthorize the Child Care Development Block Grant program.  The program is the primary source of federal funding for child-care assistance through block grants awarded to states.  The bill as proposed created a grace period for homeless families to compile required medical documentation for their children to access child-care services.  The amendment backed by Grassley extended the grace period to children in foster care.

In 2012, nearly 400,000 children lived in the U.S. foster care system.  Of those, nearly 102,000 awaited adoption.  More than 26,000 aged out of the system before ever securing a permanent place to call home.

Grassley has led numerous legislative efforts to improve the foster-care system, as well as to encourage the adoption of children in the foster care to permanent, loving homes.

The Child Care Development Block Grant program was first signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 to assist low-income working families with the cost of child care.  The program hasn’t been updated since 1996, when adjustments were made as part of welfare reform.

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Grassley Praises Department of Education Response on Foster Youth PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 March 2014 08:22

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today praised the Department of Education’s response to a call from a bipartisan group of senators to reach out to foster youth about available college aid and other resources that could help them succeed.

“Foster youth often don’t know about the resources available to them,” Grassley said.  “As a result, the kids don’t take advantage of an educational program or other opportunity that might make a difference in their lives.  The Department of Education is taking steps to reach out to foster kids and inform them about existing resources that might help them get to college.  I’m glad to see this effort.”

Last month, Grassley and his fellow senators wrote to the secretaries of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to seek a coordinated informative effort.  The senators noted that only three percent of foster youth graduate from college.  Nearly 400,000 children are in the foster system due to abuse or neglect; every year more than 23,000 of those children age out of the system with no place to call home.

Grassley is founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth and a senior member and former chairman and former ranking member of the Finance Committee, with jurisdiction over foster care programs.  He has a long record of improving policies to help foster youth and promote adoption, including authoring the 2008 Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act. Foster youth often face multiple school placements once in the child welfare system.   Research has demonstrated that instability and multiple placements have a negative effect on academic achievement and are associated with high rates of children and youth dropping out of school.  The 2008 law requires child welfare and educational agencies to work together to ensure educational stability for foster youth.

The senators’ letter to the agencies is available here.  The Department of Education’s response is available here.

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Iowa Supreme Court FURTHER REVIEW VOTING RESULTS February 26, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 March 2014 08:21

February 26, 2014

DENIED:

NUMBER

COUNTY

CASE NAME


11–1957

Scott

State v. Thompson

12–0082

Scott

State v. Pena

12–0857

Marion

State v. Cobbins

12–0927

Black Hawk

Johnson v. State

12–1552

Black Hawk

State v. Dukes

12–1666

Linn

Pundt v. The Gazette Co.

12–1716

Woodbury

Kurtz v. State

12–1722

Linn

Select Auto Group v. City of Cedar Rapids

12–1873

Black Hawk

State v. Dixon

12–2008

Pottawattamie

Searle Petroleum v. Mlady

12–2035

Black Hawk

State v. Bunch

12–2057

Plymouth

Flores v. State

12–2127

Polk

State v. Tigner

12–2248

Pottawattamie

Seimer v. State

12–2312

Black Hawk

State v. Holmes

13–0001

Hancock

Vidal v. Vidal

13–0009

Pottawattamie

Boschert v. State

13–0076

Polk

State v. Madison

13–0106

Franklin

State ex rel. DNR v. Passehl

13–0180

Polk

State v. Tidwell

13–0210

Polk

Snook v. State

13–0342

Delaware

State v. Blanchard

13–1693

Polk

In re D.H. and R.R.

13–1739

Polk

In re X.J.

13–1795

Fayette

In re J.S.-G.

13–1842

Clinton

In re D.E., K.E., P.E.


GRANTED:

NUMBER

COUNTY

CASE NAME


13–0356

Polk

In re Marriage of Gust

13–0496

Black Hawk

Alta Vista Properties v. Mauer Vision Center

13–1606

Woodbury

In re J.S. & N.S.

 
Grassley: Notice from Inspector General is a Victory for Accountability PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 March 2014 08:17

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley, senior member and former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, said the decision of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services to disqualify CSHM, LLC from the Medicaid program “will protect both taxpayers and vulnerable children receiving dental care in the Medicaid program.”

The Inspector General delivered a Notice of Exclusion (click here to read the Notice) following a year-long investigation by Grassley and then-Chairman Max Baucus of Montana into allegations of abusive treatment of children in clinics controlled by corporate investors rather than dentists.  The senators issued a report and recommendations last July and urged the administration to ban dental clinics from participating in the Medicaid program if the dental clinics circumvent state laws designed to ensure only licensed dentists own dental practices to prevent substandard care.

“Our oversight found that when states can’t hold owners accountable, then clinics are more likely to fail to meet standards that protect the children who should be helped,” Grassley said.  “The actions of some dental practices strained the Medicaid program and put low-income children in traumatic, highly questionable situations.”

The “Joint Staff Report on the Corporate Practice of Dentistry in the Medicaid Program” (click here to read the Report) released by Grassley and Baucus focused on dental management companies organized as a corporation or limited liability company that works with dentists in multiple states.  The investigation found a failure to meet quality and compliance standards including unnecessary treatment on children, improper administration of anesthesia, providing care without proper consent, and overcharging the Medicaid program.

According to the report, while many clinics technically meet state-level rules requiring their owners to be licensed dentists, some clinics nonetheless placed control of their operations in the hands of corporate investors with the results placing “profits above patient care.”  Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia ban corporate dentistry.

The Grassley-Baucus report also recommended that Medicaid be allowed to reimburse mid-level dental providers, such as dental therapists.  Mid-level providers are in a position to provide much of the needed dental care at current Medicaid reimbursement rates.

“Access to dental services is a concern and empowering mid-level providers is a common sense solution,” Grassley said.

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Grassley to Hold Meetings in 16 Iowa Communities PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 March 2014 08:13

WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley will participate in 16 meetings in Iowa during the week of March 17 as part of his annual 99-county tour.

Grassley has visited each of Iowa’s 99 counties at least once every year for a meeting since he was first elected to the U.S. Senate.

 

On March 17, 19, 20 and 21, Grassley will be in Waukon, Monona, Oelwein, Calmar, Cresco, Tama, Marengo, Coralville, Oskaloosa, Sigourney, Kalona, Le Claire, Maquoketa, Manchester, Dyersville and Anamosa.  The meetings in Oelwein, Calmar and Cresco were originally to be held on Feb. 17 but were rescheduled due to weather.

“Representative government is a two-way street.  It’s strengthened by dialogue between elected officials and the people we represent,” Grassley said.  “I appreciate the opportunity to hold town meetings, go directly to Iowans in their workplaces, and answer questions and take comments where people are gathered for civic group meetings.  I also enjoy meeting with high school students as they study current affairs and government.”

Grassley will be available for 15 minutes before or after each meeting to answer questions from local reporters, except for the meeting in Monona.  Grassley’s town meetings in Cresco, Maquoketa and Anamosa are open to the public and media.  Members of the media should contact individual organizations about attending other events, as Grassley is a guest of the organizations.

 

Grassley’s schedule for the week of March 17 is as follows:­

 

Monday, March 17

8:20-9 a.m.

Q&A with students at Waukon High School

1061 3rd Ave. NW

Waukon

*Grassley will be available for 15 minutes before the meeting to answer questions from local reporters.

 

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Q&A with students at MFL MarMac High School

700 North Page Street

Monona

 

Noon-1 p.m.

Q&A with the Rotary Club of Oelwein
Luigi’s Restaurant
1020 South Frederick Ave.
Oelwein

*Grassley will be available for 15 minutes after the meeting to answer questions from local reporters.

 

 

2:30-3:15 p.m.

Q&A with students at South Winneshiek High School

203 West South Street

Calmar

*Grassley will be available for 15 minutes before the meeting to answer questions from local reporters.

 

 

4-5 p.m.

Howard County Town Meeting

Cresco Bank & Trust, Community Room

126 Second Ave. Southeast

Cresco

*This Grassley town meeting is open to the public.  Grassley will be available for 15 minutes after the meeting to answer questions from local reporters.

 

Wednesday, March 19

8:15-9 a.m.

Q&A with students at South Tama County High School

1715 Harding Street

Tama

*Grassley will be available for 15 minutes after the meeting to answer questions from local reporters.

 

10:15-11:15 a.m.

Q&A with students at Iowa Valley High School

359 East Hilton Street

Marengo

*Grassley will be available for 15 minutes after the meeting to answer questions from local reporters.

 

Noon-1 p.m.

Q&A with North Corridor Rotary Club

Vesta Restaurant

849 Quarry Road

Coralville

*Grassley will be available for 15 minutes after the meeting to answer questions from local reporters.

 

Thursday, March 20

8-9 a.m.

Tour and Q&A with employees at Clow Valve Company

902 South Second Street

Oskaloosa

*Grassley will be available for 15 minutes after the meeting to answer questions from local reporters.

 

10-11 a.m.

Tour and Q&A with employees at Sigourney Tractor Company

1407 200th Ave.

Sigourney

*Grassley will be available for 15 minutes after the meeting to answer questions from local reporters.

 

12:15-1:15 p.m.

Q&A with employees of Kalona Coop Telephone Company

Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce

514 B Ave.

Kalona

*Grassley will be available for 15 minutes after the meeting to answer questions from local reporters.

 

6-8 p.m.

Q&A with Le Claire Lions Club

Crane & Pelican Restaurant

127 South 2nd Street

Le Claire

*Grassley will be available for 15 minutes before the meeting to answer questions from local reporters.

 

Friday, March 21

8-9 a.m.

Jackson County Town Meeting

Jackson County Courthouse, Community Room

201 West Platt Street

Maquoketa

*This Grassley town meeting is open to the public.  Grassley will be available for 15 minutes before the meeting to answer questions from local reporters.

 

 

10:15-11:15 a.m.

Q&A with the Delaware County Farm Bureau

115 East Delaware Street

Manchester

*Grassley will be available for 15 minutes after the meeting to answer questions from local reporters.

 

 

Noon-1 p.m.

Q&A with the Dyersville Noon Lions Club

Country Junction Restaurant

913 15th Ave. SE

Dyersville

*Grassley will be available for 15 minutes after the meeting to answer questions from local reporters.

 

 

2-3 p.m.

Jones County Town Meeting

Jones County Courthouse, Courtroom

500 West Main Street

Anamosa

*This Grassley town meeting is open to the public.  Grassley will be available for 15 minutes after the meeting to answer questions from local reporters.

 

 

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