Chelsea Keenan

Chelsea Keenan is a health care reporter at @gazettedotcom.



All-inclusive playground in Cedar Rapids is ‘gift to the community’

CEDAR RAPIDS - The sun was shining Thursday morning on the gleaming new playground equipment in Noelridge Park. Dozens of parents and children gathered around as a group of officials from the city and Variety-the Children's Charity dedicated the equipme ... »

What the health care executive orders mean for Iowa employers

President Donald Trump issued two executive orders late last week shaking up the Affordable Care Act, and one could create issues for small businesses.

The order gaining the most attention was Thursday night's decision to stop funding cost sharin ... »

What Iowans need to know about Trump’s Obamacare order

After months of threats that prompted Iowa's lone statewide Obamacare insurer to raise rates, President Donald Trump announced late Thursday he will immediately end aid to health insurers that helps millions of lower-income Americans afford coverage.

Judge upholds abortion waiting period in Iowa

One of Iowa's new abortion laws cleared a judicial hurdle on Monday after a Polk County district judge upheld a three-day waiting period that is now required before obtaining the medical procedure.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the ACLU ... »

Special Mass in Cedar Rapids offers support for people with mental illness

CEDAR RAPIDS - In the quiet of a church, a group of people came together Sunday to pray - they prayed for those struggling with mental health issues, for those in the community providing medical and social services, for those whose mental illnesses have ... »

Hundreds come for free dental care on first day of Mission of Mercy in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS - An army of volunteer dentists, hygienists and dental assistants took over the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Cedar Rapids Friday. They brought with them 100 portable dental chairs, dozens of boxes full of dental equipment and x-ray mach ... »

Mission of Mercy: Free, two-day dental clinic set for this week in Cedar Rapids

A two-day community dental clinic will provide free care to low-income Eastern Iowans this Friday and Saturday.

The Iowa Dental Association's Mission of Mercy will be back in Cedar Rapids at the U.S. Cellular Center. Doors open at 6 a.m. and patie ... »

ACLU files suit for transgender coverage

The ACLU of Iowa on Thursday filed a lawsuit to challenge the Iowa Department of Human Services's ban on Medicaid coverage for surgical care for transgender Iowans.

Under current Medicaid rules, sex reassignment surgery is considered a cosmetic t ... »

MedQuarter to kick off three-month series on end-of-life planning

There's one thing that every person on this planet has in common - dying.

#x201c;It doesn't matter if you're black, white, rich or poor,#x201d; said Dr. BJ Miller, a San Francisco-based palliative care and hospice physician. Time #x201c;is finite ... »

Diaper drive for Eastern Iowa Diaper Bank launched

About 2,000 children aged 5 and under live in poverty in Linn County. And a month's supply of diapers can cost between $75 and $125 - which can come down to the parent deciding to pay for diapers or the heating bill.

#x201c;The cost of diapers can ... »