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President Taps Former Top Aide to Work on Health Law

Darlene Superville (AP)

President Barack Obama is bringing a former top aide with deep ties to Congress back to the White House to help get his health care overhaul back on track after a bungled rollout.

Officials say Phil Schiliro, who as Obama's top liaison to Capitol Hill helped push the Affordable Care Act through Congress, is taking on a short-term assignment to help coordinate policy surrounding the law.

He'll work with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, other agencies and members of Congress.

Iowa Insurance Division's Outreach & Education on Health Exchange Begins Saturday 21, 2013

The Iowa Insurance Division announces the initial event of at least twenty community events scheduled across the state on the topic of the Health Insurance Marketplace. Topics will include an explanation of the Marketplace, otherwise known as the Exchange, how it works, how it can be accessed, and how to proceed in enrollment processes.

Droopy economy helps explain lagging birthrate in Iowa, U.S.

Tony Leys - DSM Register

Iowa’s economy is starting to rebound from the recession, but the state still lags in production of a key commodity: babies.

Iowa women gave birth to 38,686 babies last year, up a bit from 38,204 in 2011. But the total was still down more than 5 percent from the 40,835 Iowa babies born in 2007, the year before the economy went south.

In States That Don’t Expand Medicaid, Some Of The Uninsured May Still Get Help

Phil Galewitz - Kaiser Health News

Some of the millions of poor people expected to lose out on Obamacare coverage next year because their states are not expanding Medicaid might have a way to get help, but the strategy carries risk.

Experts say the key is for them to project their 2014 income to at least the federal poverty level, about $11,500 per person or $23,500 for a family of four.