Financial institutions across Iowa are helping state officials squeeze money out of so-called deadbeat parents. Since mid-May, Iowa’s Child Support Recovery Unit has worked with dozens of banks and credit unions to search for accounts of parents who haven’t paid the child support they owe.Collections bureau chief Nancy Thoma says 100-thousand dollars has been brought in so far, in just over a month. Once a positive match is made between names on accounts and parents who owe money, the state can go after the money. Thoma says it’s a time-consuming process.Thoma says the money recovered from the “deadbeats” is passed along to the overdue families and to the state.Even though 100-thousand dollars sounds like a lot, Thoma says only a fraction of the money has been brought in. She says over 800 million dollars is owed.More than 50 Iowa financial institutions are taking part in the program.Angie Hunt, KCRG, Cedar Rapids…………………………………………………………………Congressman Jim Nussle is meeting with elderly Iowans this week to defend the Republican-backed prescription drug bill. The bill passed the U-S House last week. It calls for Medicare officials to oversee prescription drug plans offered by insurance companies — and forces H-M-Os to cover prescription drugs for seniors. Nussle disputes claims the bill is full of false promises and will line the pockets of drug companies.Nussle says the bill lets consumers manage the plan.The Iowa Citizens Action Network plans a rally this morning in Des Moines against the bill. The group echoes criticism by Nussle’s November opponent, Donna Smith, who says the plan won’t work. Nussle says all that critics offer is a one-size-fits all program.The G-O-P plan would cost around 40-BILLION dollars over five years. President Clinton threatens to veto the measure.
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