Klein promises continued bipartisanship if re-elected

Representative Jarad Klein (R-Keota).

Sigourney, Iowa- Ask Representative Jarad Klein what one of his best attributes as a legislator is and he is quick to answer: bipartisanship. Klein has served in the legislature since winning election in 2010 and is running for re-election to a fifth term in office. If re-elected, Klein says voters will continue to see bipartisanship coming from Klein. He gave an example of one way he has worked with members of the opposing political party.

            “I work with the members of the other party on the medical marijuana issue quite closely and why a lot of people are happy it isn’t all full blown and everything out there, I’ve always had to work under having a bill that a new a governor would sign. That was always an underlying thing,” Klein said.

            Klein added that there is one thing he always does when he works with a member of the opposing party on a bill that is about to be debated.

            “I am a legislator and this not all that common, but I will defer opening comments to the member of the other party if we’ve been working together on something,” he said.

            For Klein, it is difficult to point out one specific issue that is most pressing for house district 78, noting that there are thousands of different residents in his district.

            “It’s going to depend on the individual a lot of times,” he said.

            One issue that he has heard a lot about has been the issue of the privatization of Medicaid in Iowa. Klein made a concession about the rollout of the privatization.

            “The biggest thing it was rolled out way to fast. We’ve done things to address that oversight,” he said.

            Klein said that claims that the legislature has ignored any issues with the privatization are simply not true.

            “I think because I’ve been working on this is the reason the medical association endorsed me this year because we haven’t ignored it. We are addressing it through the purview of the legislature, bearing in mind that this is an executive branch decision,” he said.

            Klein laid out some of the changes that were made in an oversight bill relating to Medicaid Privatization.

            “We did things requiring MCOs to pay the providers within timeliness specified. We required the MCOs to correct any errors within 30 days of discovery, requiring written notice to affected individuals at least 60 days prior to making changes as determined by DHS, DHS has to get adopt rules requiring the including of advanced nurse practitioners and advanced physician systems,” he said.

            He added that these were issues that were addressed after hearing from the users of the system about issues.

            “That’s just the tip of the iceberg, but these are all things we put in an oversight bill based on hearing from hospitals and folks involved in this, people that were affected directly,” Klein said.

            Klein said he wants to continue to serve the residents of Keokuk and Washington counties because he feels there is still more work to be done.

            “We have a lot of things left to finish. There’s a number of things out there that we’ve built on and it’s time to finish that work,” he said.

            Klein said that the state’s economy is one thing that is making large progress, but is still a works in progress.

            “We need to make sure we have a robust economy,” he said. “We have historically low unemployment,” he added.

            Klein said that he believes his track record as a legislator are thing that the voters should consider as they cast their ballots.

            “I think I have a track record that shows I can work with a lot of different people to represent the needs of my district, to listen to my constituents, to respond to their problems, try to address their individual concerns. I think the track record is there to prove we do what we say we’re going to do,” he said.

            Jarad Klein, a Republican, will face his Democrat challenger Kimberly Davis on the November 6 ballot.