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Des Moines Register wins Pulitzer

Series of editorials focused on health care

Andie Dominick, an editorial writer at the Des Moines Register, on Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.

It’s the Register’s 17th Pulitzer Prize.

Dominick was awarded the prize for a selection of Iowa-focused editorials related to health care, from the governor’s privatization of Medicaid to state lawmakers’ efforts to impede fetal tissue research to how the Trump administration’s handling of the Affordable Care Act jeopardizes access to coverage.

Several of the editorials criticized Iowa’s privatization of Medicaid, which the editorials said has resulted in devastating problems for low-income Iowans and health providers.

The Register invited Iowans to share their experiences with Medicaid, which allowed Dominick to put a human face on denials of care, loss of access to services and providers going out of business because they were not being reimbursed by for-profit insurers.

Dominick was a 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist in editorial writing for challenging Iowa’s arcane licensing laws that regulate occupations ranging from cosmetologists to dentists and often protect practitioners more than the public.

Dominick has been an editorial writer at the Register since 2001. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Iowa State University. She is the author of “Needles: A Memoir of Growing Up with Diabetes,” published by Simon and Schuster in the United States and translated into several languages.

She and her husband live in Des Moines and have three adult children.

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