Health Care

Major abortion case heads to U.S. Supreme Court this week

BY: - March 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a high-profile abortion case that’s rooted in Louisiana but could have major implications in states around the country. The case, June Medical Services LLC v. Russo, centers on a Louisiana law that requires any physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a […]

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds praises Trump, Pence for ‘pro-life’ stances

BY: - March 2, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds praised President Donald Trump Monday for taking “bold steps” in the pro-life movement. During an anti-abortion rally at the State Capitol, Reynolds noted Trump is the first president in history to attend the March for Life Rally, which was in January in Washington, D.C. “Today we are so fortunate to have […]

Coronavirus threatens to upheave world economy

BY: - March 1, 2020

The novel coronavirus outbreak across the world shook stock markets last week, with the United States seeing the worst stretch on a percentage basis since the 2008 economic crisis. As the threat worsened, President Donald Trump looked for ways to counteract the economic damage while suggesting the threat, at least in the United States, isn’t […]

Feds slash penalty for Perry nursing home; state admits error in its fines

BY: - February 28, 2020

Federal officials have agreed to dramatically reduce the fines imposed against the Dallas County nursing home accused of hiring unlicensed caregivers and contributing to a resident’s death. State inspectors, meanwhile, have acknowledged that last fall they mistakenly fined the home too little, and are now meeting with bank officials to monitor the financial health of […]

McCoy: ‘Something drastic’ is needed on mental-health funding

BY: - February 28, 2020

With the fate of the governor’s tax proposal still up in the air, Polk County Health Services is unsure whether, or how, it will meet the county’s mental health needs come July 1st. Depending on what the Iowa Legislature chooses to do, the county could be faced with a $14 million hole in its planned […]

Newly approved drug offers hope, but my fight continues

BY: - February 27, 2020

I am battling a rare and painful neurological disorder, but thanks to a new FDA-approved drug, I now have hope. My fight, however, is far from over. My name is Claire Richmond. I’m 36, I’m from Des Moines and I live with acute hepatic porphyria. Now that an FDA-approved treatment is available, my life as I know it could […]

Garcia confirmed unanimously as DHS director

BY: - February 27, 2020

Kelly Garcia, appointed by Gov. Kim Reynolds as director of the embattled Iowa Department of Human Services, was unanimously confirmed by the Iowa Senate Wednesday. “Ms. Garcia has been in the news recently. DHS has been in the news recently,” said Sen. Liz Mathis, D-Robins. “She arrived at a very critical time. She was open, […]

House oversight panel confirms Glenwood hearing

BY: - February 26, 2020

The Iowa House Government Oversight Committee on Wednesday officially confirmed a hearing will be held on the treatment of residents at a state institution for people with severe disabilities. The Iowa Capital Dispatch reported Tuesday that Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa, R-Council Bluffs, was considering a hearing but didn’t want to interfere with various investigations of […]

Troubled nursing home says it will ‘take time’ to correct problems

BY: - February 26, 2020

The managers of a Dallas County nursing home accused of contributing to resident injuries, sexual abuse and a death, say they are trying to fix longstanding issues at the facility but “such matters take time to remedy.” In a written statement, the home’s new administrator, Greg Greenwood, said Wednesday, “We are aware of the long-term, […]

Legislation on nursing home oversight fails to win support

BY: - February 26, 2020

Legislation that would force Iowa’s long-term care ombudsman to play a more active role in protecting Iowa’s elderly appears to be dead for the 2020 session. The Iowa Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s Office acts as an advocate for the elderly and responds to roughly 1,200 complaints annually from 55,000 Iowans now living in the state’s 860 […]

Hundreds of Iowans gather at Capitol for abortion hearing

BY: - February 25, 2020

Tears and pleas with lawmakers filled the Iowa Legislature on Tuesday as women shared deeply personal stories as to why they support or oppose a resolution stating abortions are not protected under the Iowa Constitution. Over and over again, supporters and opponents of the resolution shared their testimony with the House Judiciary Committee, asking lawmakers […]

Home cited for death, sexual abuse and unlicensed caregivers

BY: - February 25, 2020

A Dallas County nursing home that cut staffing to compensate for financial losses is on a federal watch list after inspectors cited the home for contributing to a resident death, hiring an unlicensed caregiver, failing to protect residents from sexual abuse and allowing a kitchen worker to supervise its dementia ward. Financial troubles at the […]