The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

December 13, 2013

Ethanol: Iowans asks for EPA hearing

Associated Press

---- — DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s governor and the state’s entire congressional delegation are asking the Obama administration to hold a hearing in Iowa to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to reduce ethanol production in 2014.

Iowa is the nation’s leading producer of ethanol. The EPA in November proposed cutting production to 2012 levels, prompting outcry by political leaders from both parties who claimed such a move would devastate Iowa’s economy.

The EPA stated in its November report that the additive had become less necessary in light of fuel-efficient engines and lower fuel demand.


Iowa, feds reach Medicaid deal

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he has reached a deal with federal authorities to expand low income health care.

Branstad announced Thursday that he had an agreement with officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Iowa sought a waiver enabling the state to receive more federal Medicaid money for the proposed Iowa Health and Wellness Plan.

State officials said they had reached a compromise on one sticking point in the negotiations.

The state wanted to charge small monthly premiums to some plan participants.

Initially, federal authorities said the state could only charge those with incomes over 100 percent of the federal poverty line. But under the compromise, the state could charge those with lower incomes, but couldn’t deny benefits for not paying.