Chelsea Keenan

Chelsea Keenan is a health care reporter at @gazettedotcom.



Medica seeks rate increase of 56.7 percent

Medica - the only insurer selling statewide plans on the state's individual market - filed rates Wednesday with the Iowa Insurance Division, asking for an increase of 56.7 percent.

The Minnesota-based insurance company said the move was necessary ... »

More Iowans able to keep, afford health coverage under insurance commissioner’s plan: Analysis

Thousands of Iowans will be able to afford and maintain health care coverage through Iowa's Affordable Care Act exchange if federal regulators approve the stopgap measure submitted earlier this year by the state's insurance commissioner, according to ... »

With open enrollment nearing, Iowa’s individual insurance market still rocky

With health care talks in Washington, D.C., now stalled and the start of open enrollment only three months away, many unknowns still exist when it comes to the stability of Iowa's individual insurance market.

The future of cost-sharing reduction ... »

Cardiac procedures become less invasive

CEDAR RAPIDS - It's been a busy year for the cardiology unit at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's Hospital. The physicians have been learning and performing new procedures, bringing less-invasive options to patients in Cedar Rapids.

In part, these ne ... »

Iowa Senate Democrats ask Gov. Reynolds to speak out against potential Medicaid cuts

Two Democratic state senators - some of Iowa Medicaid's most vocal advocates - are urging Gov. Kim Reynolds to petition Iowa's pair of Republican senators to oppose any federal legislation that could jeopardize dollars for the Medicaid expansion.


Iowa 72-hour wait period trial wraps on second day

DES MOINES - Low-income and rural women could be negatively impacted at higher rates by a new law requiring Iowa women to obtain an ultrasound and wait 72 hours before receiving an abortion, several expert witness argued Tuesday during the second and fi ... »

Cost and competition: Corridors hospitals work to attract patients

CEDAR RAPIDS - There's a lot to juggle when it comes to a hospital budget: Industry shifts from inpatient surgeries to outpatient surgeries, the continued payment challenges from the state's move to Medicaid managed care, sequestration cuts to Medicare ... »

Cedar Rapids Family Caregivers Center adds support group for teens

It was a school language-arts project that gave Brandi Meyer the idea to start a support group for teenagers helping care for terminally ill parents.

The 19-year-old Kennedy High School graduate had to give a TED-Talk-style presentation, and she ... »

Planned Parenthood closes doors on four Iowa clinics

BETTENDORF - A wall in the Planned Parenthood Bettendorf clinic is lined with handwritten notes. They're from patients and supporters - thanking the clinic's staff for all the work they've done.

Some are colorful. Some are several paragraphs lon ... »

Iowa's rural hospitals balance tight budgets with patient needs

It may be early on a Monday morning, but the sounds of cardio machines can be heard from down the hall at the Van Buren County Hospital.

On this sunny May day, Dave Glueck and Chris Everett are discussing the latest Russia news entangling Presid ... »