Published in Managed Care Weekly Digest, April 12th, 2004
State lawmakers' proposed 2005 budget includes $362.8 million for Medicare, up $2.5 million from fiscal year 2004, according to the Legislative Services Agency.
At the same time, healthcare costs have risen at an annual rate of about 14%, said Sarah Swisher, a registered nurse from Iowa City. "This Legislature is playing games with us," she said. "They are pretending that healthcare costs don't increase; that pharmaceutical costs don't increase; and that high unemployment doesn't...
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