Health News

  • Monday, August 17th, 2015

    Reuters Health interviewed Dr. Astha Singhal in an article highlighting the PPC’s Iowa Child and Family Household Health Survey (IHHS). Singhal, a former research assistant in the Health Policy program, is an assistant professor at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine.

  • Monday, July 20th, 2015

    A recent study done of the Dental Wellness Program (DWP) of the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan (IHAWP) examined access to dental care for low income Iowans. Key findings of the study include:

    Provider availability:

  • Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

    The Des Moines Register published an article announcing a new series called, “Black Iowa: Still Unequal?” that referenced a Public Policy Center report, “Health Disparities Among Children in Iowa.”  The series will explore different issues—one being health—to highlight and discuss racial disparities in Iowa today.

  • Thursday, June 25th, 2015

    Today (June 25) the United States Supreme Court ruled that it is legal for the federal government to pay subsidies toward insurance purchased on the federal online marketplace, known as  This ruling has a direct impact on nearly 40,000 Iowans, as Iowa is one of 37 states that are using the federal website instead of having their own versions.

  • Friday, May 15th, 2015

    Astha Singhal, a Research Assistant in the Health Policy Division of the PPC, had her published research referenced in Reuters.  Singhal studied the impacts of California’s cut on dental coverage for Medicaid enrollees.

  • Friday, May 8th, 2015

    Suzanne Bentler, Assistant Research Scientist in the Health Policy Research Program, will be presenting at the AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting on June 13, 2015.  Bentler will be giving a talk titled, "Iowa Health and Wellness Plan: Early Results from Iowa's Pr

  • Friday, May 8th, 2015

    A recent article from Modern Healthcare referenced a study that was completed by the Public Policy Center’s Health Policy Program, on behalf of the state of Iowa.  The study evaluated Iowa’s Medicaid Expansion program—The

  • Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

    The PPC's Health Policy Research program completed a series of reports evaluating the Iowa Medicaid Health Home (MHH) program.
  • Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

    PPC Graduate Research Assistant Astha Singhal was awarded the American Association of Public Health Dentistry’s First Place Leverett Graduate Student Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dental Public Health.
  • Friday, May 1st, 2015

    Jason Wachsmuth, Research Data Analyst for the Health Policy Research Program, presented his paper, "Managing Files by Click and Drag?" at the SAS Global Forum 2015 in Dallas, TX on April 27.