Accomplishing this ambitious goal will create unprecedented opportunities for Iowans and better position our state to compete in an increasingly knowledge-based, digital economy. That is why we established the Future Ready Iowa Alliance, co-chaired by Lt. Governor Reynolds, which will make recommendations by Oct. 31, 2017, to assure more Iowans have the careers they deserve and employers can hire the skilled workers they need to grow and innovate.
So, we created a new Teacher Leadership System that better utilizes the expertise of top teachers to improve education, instruction and foster greater collaboration. I'm proud to say that every public school in Iowa today is participating in our Teacher Leadership System. Sustaining these measures over time is critical to get the right results for our students and our state.
As a result, we have created a new system where more Iowans have access to mental health services closer to home than ever before; more Iowans are covered with health insurance than ever before; and more than 80 new value-added services are now being offered under our modernized Medicaid program.
We've also replaced the old Medicaid system with a coordinated team of health-care professionals to ensure patients see the right provider at the right time. As a result of these reforms and innovation, we have improved the focus on health outcomes and saved the taxpayers $110 million.
The above quotations are from 2017 Governor's State of the State speeches.
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