Health Policy
  • Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

    A study by the PPC evaluating consumers’ experiences in the first year of the Iowa Dental Wellness Plan (DWP) found that by and large, the people it serves had significant, unmet oral health needs and less access to dental care prior to joining the plan, suggesting greater access to care after enrollment.

  • Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

    A Public Policy Center study shows the need for integrating dental care into the coordinated, population-based health home care model, which has arisen out of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) emphasis on delivery system changes.  A health home, as defined by the ACA, offers coordinated care to individuals with multiple chronic health conditions, including mental health and substance use dis

  • Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

    A recent study by the Public Policy Center evaluated provider adequacy during the first year of the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan.  


  • Thursday, September 17th, 2015

    New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau have reported that Iowa’s uninsured rate has fallen nearly 2 percent in the last year, according to an article by the Quad-City Times, based in Davenport, Iowa.

  • Monday, August 31st, 2015

    A recent Public Policy Center study revealed some of the factors affecting Iowa's dental workforce, among them: an aging pool of dentists; more female dentists, who tend to work fewer hours and are less likely to practice in rural settings; and an attrition in the pool of dentists due to Iowans earning their degree in Iowa but then leaving to practice in other states.

  • 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.