Clay Masters http://wvasfm.org en Iowa Opens The Doors To Medicaid Coverage, On Its Own Terms http://wvasfm.org/post/iowa-opens-doors-medicaid-coverage-its-own-terms At the Central Iowa Shelter and Services in Des Moines, Iowa, health insurance navigator Andrea Pearce stood in a crowded dining hall on a recent day, shouting instructions on how residents can sign up for Medicaid.<p>"If you do not have insurance and you want to enroll and you have an e-mail address where you know the password," she said, "come to the computer lab we will guide you through the application."<p>Jerry Gross enthusiastically darted to the front of the line. This tall 56-year-old carries just a duffle bag and his winter coat. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:50:00 +0000 Clay Masters 40281 at http://wvasfm.org Iowa Opens The Doors To Medicaid Coverage, On Its Own Terms Iowa Rebrands Medicaid Coverage http://wvasfm.org/post/iowa-rebrands-medicaid-coverage Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The Republican governor of Iowa is one of the longest serving in U.S. history. And with a election campaign coming up next year, he's suddenly taken a keen interest in making one controversial part of Obamacare work. That's the expansion of Medicaid, something some states are still deciding whether or not to do. Iowa Public Radio's Clay Masters has more.<p>CLAY MASTERS, BYLINE: For months now, Iowa Republican Governor Terry Branstad has come out adamantly against accepting federal dollars to expand Medicaid. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:23:00 +0000 Clay Masters 29504 at http://wvasfm.org Mississippi River Level Disrupts Supply Chain http://wvasfm.org/post/mississippi-river-level-disrupts-supply-chain Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. Good morning.<p>The drought is hurting farming operations in much of the Midwest and Southwest, and its next possible victim: barge traffic on the Mississippi River. There were fears that shipping on this crucial cargo route could come to a halt as early as this week, when water levels reach historic lows. But the Army Corps of Engineers says the river will likely stay open for shipping at least until the end of the month. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 09:46:00 +0000 Clay Masters 20993 at http://wvasfm.org Romney, Obama Divided On Wind Energy Tax Credit http://wvasfm.org/post/romney-obama-divided-wind-energy-tax-credit President Obama is headed to Iowa on Tuesday where he will likely talk about wind energy. The president says he'll continue tax credits for wind energy and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he won't. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 21:08:00 +0000 Clay Masters 14144 at http://wvasfm.org King, Vilsack Take House Battle To The Fairground http://wvasfm.org/post/king-vilsack-take-house-battle-iowa-state-fair One of the country's toughest congressional races is in Iowa between Republican Rep. Steve King and the state's former first lady, Christie Vilsack.<p>Iowa is losing a seat in the House after the election, due to redistricting. Now ultra-conservative King is facing a more moderate electorate as he runs in the newly redrawn 4<sup>th</sup> Congressional District against a political newcomer.<p>This week, King and Vilsack took their messages to the Iowa State Fair, a magnet for political candidates. Sat, 18 Aug 2012 10:31:00 +0000 Clay Masters 13656 at http://wvasfm.org King, Vilsack Take House Battle To The Fairground Drought Hits Farmers And Residential Landscapers http://wvasfm.org/post/drought-hits-farmers-and-residential-landscapers The drought is beginning to really sink its teeth into the Midwest. More than three-quarters of the nation's corn acres are in a drought zone. In Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, corn crops are burning up and its causing commodity prices to shoot up. Suburban residents are paying to water their lawns, but it isn't doing much good. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 11:52:00 +0000 Clay Masters 11718 at http://wvasfm.org Democrat Bob Kerrey Faces Uphill Race In Nebraska http://wvasfm.org/post/democrat-bob-kerrey-faces-uphill-race-nebraska Former Nebraska Gov. and two-term Sen. Bob Kerrey, who faces long odds in reclaiming the seat left open by retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson, is in his home state trying to get his old job back.<p>After a full of morning of shaking hands, smiling and trying to win over voters, Kerrey settles on lunch at the Taqueria Tijuana in south Omaha.<p>After lunch, he takes off walking down 24th Street, telling his staffers to catch up with him. Tue, 17 Apr 2012 06:53:00 +0000 Clay Masters 7764 at http://wvasfm.org Democrat Bob Kerrey Faces Uphill Race In Nebraska