Thursday Morning Read: Axing Americorps, Hawks win, Medicaid losses, Senior Living Facility Planned

Axing Americorps: Axing AmeriCorps, which has 1,500 people doing service work in Iowa this year, would hurt environmental efforts, literacy programs, health services and disaster relief, according to program coordinators across the state. “With the elimination of the Corporation for National and Community Service comes the elimination of AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and thousands of programs across the country that would not be able to provide services,” said Ashley Craft, program director for Green Iowa AmeriCorps, based in Cedar Falls. Read more about the potential fallout here.

Iowa Advances: Ultimately, it was an opening-round National Invitation Tournament win for the Iowa men’s basketball team. The Hawkeyes got an 87-75 win against South Dakota on Wednesday night in front of an electric Carver-Hawkeye Arena crowd of 12,864, and part of what made them electric was the play of a few guys who could do some special things in an Iowa uniform the next few years. Freshman point guard Jordan Bohannon played as well as he has all season, finishing with 19 points, a career-high 11 assists and just one turnover — giving him 21 assists and five turnovers in his last two games. Freshman forward Tyler Cook played his most efficient game all season, finishing with 18 points and eight rebounds on 8 of 8 shooting from the field. Read more about the Hawkeyes’ victory here.

Medicaid report: For the third consecutive quarter, the three private insurers managing the state’s Medicaid program paid out more in claims than they were paid by the state, causing the insurers to see losses between 11 percent and 27 percent, according to Department of Human Services data out Wednesday morning. The state handed over its Medicaid program to the three managed care organizations nearly one year ago, and the insurers since have experienced financial troubles — with AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa losing nearly $300 million during its first year of operation while Amerigroup Iowa lost more than $133 million. Read a full breakdown of the numbers as well as see nine charts describing the enrollment and payment figures here.

New Senior Living: Developers Ryan Companies and Grand Living plan to build a 164-unit senior living center along First Avenue and Collins Road NE on land purchased from Indian Creek Nature Center. The purchase of eight acres of land from the nature center was finalized Wednesday for $1 million. The plot was part of a 35-acre gift in 2010 to the nature center from local philanthropist Carleen Grandon and her husband. The 164-unit, four-story building will include a mix of independent, assisted living and memory care living spaces, said Eric Anderson, vice president of development and senior housing developer for Minnesota-based Ryan Companies. Read more about this future facility here.

Quotable: “My children haven’t spent a lot of time in the kitchen. That’s on me. I claimed it as my space years ago and while my mother was great about letting me experiment in the kitchen when I was growing up, I’m too much of a neat freak to give my children the same carte blanche.” Read more about prepping kids for the culinary freedom that college affords here.