Chelsea Keenan

Chelsea Keenan is a health care reporter at @gazettedotcom.



Sens. Joni Ernst, Chuck Grassley say they want to study the newly released healthcare bill

Iowa's pair of Republican senators have not yet come out in support or opposition of the U.S. Senate bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, released Thursday. But the state's health care providers are urging them to ... »

Rain doesn't deter protesters outside at Trump rally

CEDAR RAPIDS - Heavy rains that came and went, and came again, didn't deter scores of protesters who waved signs, chanted and elicited honks from passing cars while awaiting President Donald Trump's arrival downtown Wednesday evening.

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Medica to stay in Iowa, sell marketplace plans in 2018

The final thread in Iowa's unraveling Affordable Care Act marketplace is hanging on.

Minnesota-based Medica - the last remaining insurer selling individual insurance plans in a majority of Iowa counties - said late Monday that it will sell plans f ... »

Iowa Medicaid insurers see financial losses for fourth consecutive quarter

The three private insurers managing Iowa's Medicaid program again saw millions of dollars in financial losses - ranging from nearly 12 percent to 19 percent - during the first quarter of 2017, according to a new report out Monday.

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Newstrack: New UnityPoint clinic seeing nearly 200 patients a day

CEDAR RAPIDS - On May 22, UnityPoint Health-Cedar Rapids opened a new primary care clinic at 4325 Williams Blvd. SW. The health system moved its family medicine and pediatrics services out of the westside urgent care center, 2375 Edgewood Road SW, and i ... »

New budget cuts surprise groups providing services to Iowans with disabilities, diseases

Health care providers and not-for-profits across the state are scrambling to carry out even tighter budgets come July 1 after the Iowa Department of Public Health notified them this week that it is making an additional $1.3 million in cuts.

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Despite protests, Iowa DHS oversight council approves family planning network rules

Despite protests and concerns that the state of Iowa's new family planning network will limit access - especially to those living in rural areas - the Iowa Department of Human Services' oversight council on Friday approved agency rules guiding th ... »

Jerry Foxhoven to succeed Chuck Palmer as Iowa DHS chief

A well-known leader in child protection and family law has been tapped to be the next head of the state agency in charge of caring for Iowa's most vulnerable residents.

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday that Jerry Foxhoven, 64, will ser ... »

Report: GOP health care plan could cost Iowa 9,200 jobs

In addition to leaving more than 23 million Americans without health insurance by 2026, the Republican-backed American Health Care Act - in its current form - also could have serious economic consequences, eliminating nearly one million jobs by 2026, in ... »

Iowa Insurance Commissioner proposes short-term fix for collapsing ACA market

Iowa's insurance commissioner wants the federal government to approve a plan he thinks will stabilize the state's individual insurance market and ensure continuous health care access to the nearly 72,000 Iowans relying on those health plans.

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