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Emergency LIHEAP money coming to Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -- As Iowa deals with an ice storm and prepares for colder temperatures, good news in the form of emergency LIHEAP funding is coming to the state.

Iowa will get $4,487,522 through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help low income Iowans pay their energy bills.

This new money is in addition to the $67.8 million Iowa has already gotten from the LIHEAP block grant.

In 2008, more than 95,000 Iowans got LIHEAP assistance.  That is one of the highest numbers on record.

A nationwide survey found that 42% of those receiving LIHEAP help went without medical or dental insurance and 32% went without food for at least one day. 

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