Cedar Rapids dentist avoids charges but pays $100,000 settlement

By   /  June 11, 2013  /  Iowa WatchBlog, WatchBlog  /  No Comments

Cedar Rapids dentist allegedly improperly bills Medicaid.

By Sheena Dooley | Iowa Watchdog

DES MOINES – A Cedar Rapids dentist has agreed to pay the federal government $100,000 to resolve allegations that he improperly billed Medicaid for x-rays, exams and unnecessary procedures, according to the United States Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Iowa.

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Hillary vs. Rand: Iowa voters sound off on 2016 presidential picks

By   /  May 28, 2013  /  Iowa WatchBlog  /  No Comments

FILIBUSTER MASTER: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., talked for more than 12 hours about the use of drones by the United States government. Today, the Internet is keeping the conversation going.

By Sheena Dooley│Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES — Iowans want to see a face-off between U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, and former Democratic Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University.
Officials from the private college in Connecticut are in Iowa polling residents on who they want [...]

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Gov. Branstad open to Medicaid expansion

By   /  May 21, 2013  /  Iowa WatchBlog  /  1 Comment

COSTS AND BENEFITS: Groups across the political spectrum weighed in on Corbett's expansion plan this week.

By Sheena Dooley | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES – Iowa’s top elected leader has had a change of heart when it comes to expanding Medicaid and trusting the federal government’s promised financing, according to recent remarks from Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad.
Until just recently, Branstad has remained publicly opposed to expanding the state-federal Medicaid program. The move [...]

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Iowa lawmakers still stalled on funding for transparency board

By   /  May 17, 2013  /  Iowa WatchBlog  /  1 Comment

Iowa lawmakers continue to stall on funding for transparency board.

By Sheena Dooley | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES – Iowa lawmakers have yet to settle on budget for the state’s newly formed Iowa Public Information Board, although the board members have met for months and lined up a director to lead the agency, according to Bill Monroe, president of the board.
Lawmakers have inched closer toward Gov. [...]

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UNI worker pocketed hundreds in concession stand dollars

By   /  April 30, 2013  /  Iowa WatchBlog  /  No Comments

UNI concession worker charged with stealing hundreds of dollars.

By Sheena Dooley | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES – A former University of Northern Iowa worker pocketed hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars from the school’s concession stand at its events complex, according to a newly released audit report.
A video surveillance camera caught James Kehl, former assistant concessions director, removing cash from a safe after a [...]

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