New report puts Iowa last for mental health facilities

One year after the closing of two state hospitals, in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant, a new report shows that Iowa now trails the rest of the country in mental health facilities. A June 2016 report from the Treatment Advocacy Center, “Trends and Consequences of Eliminating State Psychiatric Beds,” ranks Iowa consistently last or in the […]

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Iowa’s largest health insurer to participate in ACA’s health insurance exchange program

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After opting out for the first two years of Iowa’s health insurance exchange program, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced this week that it will begin offering health insurance plans through the program starting in the fall of 2016, with coverage set to begin on Jan. 1, 2017. Though Iowa’s rate of uninsured residents […]

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‘Widespread’ Influenza outbreak hits Iowa

Flu season

Influenza has reached every geographic region of the state of Iowa according to a statement released Monday by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Officials have now categorized the outbreak as “widespread” — the highest level of activity possible as specified by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). In the last week, Iowa has […]

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