Health Care

Iowa confirms first three coronavirus cases

BY: - March 8, 2020

Three adults from Johnson County have been confirmed to have coronavirus after going on a cruise in Egypt, Gov. Kim Reynolds said at a news conference Sunday  evening. These are Iowa’s first confirmed cases of coronavirus since the current global outbreak. Eight more Iowans are currently being tested. The results of those tests are expected […]

Iowa Democratic and GOP party chairs spar over health care

BY: - March 5, 2020

The chairmen of the state Democratic and Republican parties held dueling news conferences Thursday to highlight what they both say will be a central issue in the race for U.S. Senate: health care. Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Mark Smith scheduled a tour around the state to discuss Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s voting record on […]

Iowa colleges cancel all international travel for students amid coronavirus fears

BY: - March 5, 2020

Travel plans for students at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa have been halted in light of rising concerns over the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and the Iowa Department of Public Health recommended schools postpone or cancel foreign exchange programs for the next […]

Interest groups line up to praise Invest in Iowa Act; lawmakers express concerns

BY: - March 4, 2020

Stakeholders lined up in a State Capitol conference room on Wednesday to sing the praises of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposal to raise Iowa’s sales tax to pay for environmental programs, mental health services and reductions in income and property taxes. Lawmakers, however, aren’t yet tuning up to advance the legislation. A Senate subcommittee heard public […]

Liberal Supreme Court justices challenge abortion restrictions in high-stakes case

BY: - March 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — The liberal wing of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared highly skeptical of a Louisiana law that restricts abortion access as the justices heard oral arguments Wednesday in a high-stakes case that could open the door for additional abortion limitations around the country. But the court’s conservative majority — which is likely to determine […]

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Democrats argue Medicaid work requirements could help spread disease

BY: - March 3, 2020

Iowa Senate Republicans passed a measure creating work requirements for adults who are on Medicaid, a program that provides health care to more than 600,000 low-income adults and their kids in the state. But as fears of the coronavirus spread across the U.S. and in Iowa, Senate Democrats pointed out during the debate that a […]

U.S. Senate Democrats slam Trump officials for coronavirus response

BY: - March 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators want Trump administration officials to be more forthcoming about coronavirus amid concerns the White House has given misinformation on the disease. A Senate panel with oversight on health issues heard from top public officials Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug […]

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 […]