Rod Boshart

I manage the Cedar Rapids Gazette's Des Moines bureau.

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Massive Medicaid customer swap underway in Iowa

DES MOINES - Officials announced Tuesday that nearly 215,000 Medicaid enrollees served by AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa under the state's privately managed system will be transferred to UnitedHealthcare of the River Valley by the end of this month.

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Iowa governor Reynolds seeks foreign agent law change

DES MOINES - Gov. Kim Reynolds says she will ask Iowa legislators next session to close what she considers to be a #x201c;loophole#x201d; in the law that apparently allows state officials to work also as agents of a foreign government - an arrangement s ... »

Opioids, meth and marijuana top Iowa’s drug problems

DES MOINES - While opioid misuse continues to grow in Iowa, a new state report issued Tuesday indicates methamphetamine and marijuana rank among the most-common addictive substances threatening the health and safety of Iowans.

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Will stingless wasps work against the emerald ash borer?

DES MOINES - State and federal insect experts say it likely will be next year before they will be able to tell whether a swarm of stingless wasps introduced in Iowa are helping suppress a destructive pest that has attacked ash trees in 53 of Iowa ... »

Iowa’s health coverage plans shift cost to state workers

DES MOINES - Thousands of state employees, many who no longer are allowed to bargain collectively for benefits, could face significantly higher health care costs starting Jan. 1 under a plan that will provide sizable savings to state coffers.

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Reynolds says she longs for civil discourse

AMES - Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday she was referring to a #x201c;very small, minute population#x201d; of Iowans when she told a Republican fundraiser last month that #x201c;the liberals are unhinged."

Asked at her weekly news conference about t ... »

Iowa launches effort to reduce obesity

AMES - Iowa is launching a statewide health campaign that aims to reduce obesity and the prevalence of diabetes among Iowa kids, as well as educate adults about the link between diabetes and heart-related problems.

The new public-private initiativ ... »

AmeriHealth Caritas leaving Iowa Medicaid program

AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa - the Medicaid insurer with the largest concentration of the state's special-needs population - will withdraw from the Medicaid program, which covers one in four Iowans, at the end of November, officials announced Tuesday.

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Judge upholds Iowa's new collective bargaining law

DES MOINES - A Polk County judge has upheld the constitutionality of Iowa's revamped collective bargaining law, rejecting in a ruling Monday a union's contention its members do not receive equal treatment under changes adopted by the GOP-controlled Legi ... »

Iowa Democrats offer health insurance option

DES MOINES - Two Democratic legislators Friday called for shifting Iowa's privately run Medicaid system back to a fee-for-service state program in a cost-saving move they say would fund a new public health insurance option for Iowans facing skyrocketing ... »