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‘Iowans are meant to work’: Gov. Reynolds discusses her decision to ease COVID-19 restrictions, as another 534 cases are reported

Gov. Kim Reynolds started her press conference on Monday by praising her administration’s efforts to deal with the impact of COVID-19 in the state. “You may not be aware of this, but this week is Public Service Recognition Week,” the governor pointed out before giving a glowing assessment of the work of various state agencies. […]

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‘Home is not a safe place for all Iowans’: COVID-19 and social distancing create challenges for agencies that help abuse victims

Since community spread of COVID-19 was confirmed in Iowa on March 14, Gov. Reynolds has been encouraging people to stay at home to help keep themselves and others safe from the virus. But at her press conference on Wednesday, the governor said, “we must also recognize that home is not a safe place for all […]

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State Auditor: ‘Bad data’ from Iowa DHS make it impossible to assess state’s Medicaid home health program

A new report from the Office of the State Auditor was supposed to summarize the results of an 18-month-long attempt to audit the Medicaid program administered by the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) that provides health services to patients in their homes. But that proved to be impossible, because repeated attempts to get accurate information […]

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Jerry Foxhoven says governor’s office is lying about why he was forced to resign, and he’ll sue for wrongful termination

Jerry Foxhoven said he was “absolutely shocked” when he was forced to resign as director of the Iowa Department of Human Services in June. “I was completely caught unawares, to be honest with you,” Foxhoven said, during a press conference in West Des Moines on Thursday morning. “I had never been given any impression by the governor, […]

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Gov. Reynolds says the public doesn’t have a right to know why she forced DHS director to resign

Former Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven said last week he was forced resign after he refused a request from Gov. Kim Reynolds’ staff “to do something I thought was illegal.” Foxhoven has not explained what that request was, and in an interview aired on Monday, Reynolds told KCRG she doesn’t think the public has the right to know why she forced Foxhoven out. […]

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