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I am the health care reporter for The Gazette. I cover a broad range of health and other related topics, but since 2020, my work has largely focused on COVID-19 and the response to the pandemic. I am also on The Gazette’s Fact Checker team. Stay informed with a subscription to our Daily News newsletter.
Latest Articles by Michaela Ramm
Health Care and Medicine Jul. 3, 2022 7:56 am151d ago
Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, states are taking steps to limit abortion access -- including access to medical abortions. Organizations that offer medically-induced abortions through telemedicine are grappling with this rapidly changing landscape.
Health Care and Medicine Jul. 22, 2022 2:11 pm131d ago
The COVID-19 vaccination effort was underway for Iowa’s youngest children this past week after federal health officials approved coronavirus shots for those aged 6 months to 5 years.
Health Care and Medicine Jun. 30, 2022 3:40 pm153d ago
Compass Education Group, the test prep company whose co-founder lives in Iowa City, announced a new policy providing up to $4,000 reimbursement for employees who have to travel out-of-state to access abortions or other reproductive health care. The company is among a growing list of corporations nationwide creating similar policies.
Health Care and Medicine Jun. 29, 2022 3:18 pm154d ago
The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Iowa’s hospitals has declined over the past few weeks, falling to a total of 162 patients this week, according to the latest state data.
Overturning Roe v. Wade was celebrated as a victory for abortion opponents, but it’s not their path to ending the procedure in Iowa. Moving forward, activists say they plan to continue to push for a proposed amendment to the Iowa Constitution.
Several states immediately enacted bans on abortion following the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. In anticipation of more out-of-state patients, abortion providers in the Midwest say they are working to allocate more resources to Iowa and other states where the procedure is still legal.
Health Care and Medicine Jun. 23, 2022 3:03 pm160d ago
A national philanthropy organization has awarded the state $9.3 million for two initiatives that aim to improve stroke and heart attack outcomes in Iowa. One portion will fund HeartCorps, a branch of the AmeriCorps program, that will fund public health workers in counties with the lowest health rankings.
Health Care and Medicine Jun. 22, 2022 7:33 pm161d ago
The number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations declined across Iowa in the past week, even as community transmission levels remain high, according to federal officials.
Health Care and Medicine Jun. 23, 2022 9:22 am161d ago
A year and a half after the first coronavirus vaccinations were given to U.S. health care workers, COVID-19 shots became available for children in Iowa aged 6 months to 5 years.
Health Care and Medicine Jun. 8, 2022 4:41 pm175d ago
New weekly COVID-19 cases counts increased again as of Wednesday. Iowans and non-Iowans are still getting their COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots, but the vaccination rate still lingers below 70 percent, new state data shows.
Health Care and Medicine Jun. 6, 2022 3:35 pm177d ago
UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids has announced a $25 million project at the Nassif Heart Center that is set to begin later this summer. The project will consolidate heart and vascular services within the same space and will expand existing services.
Campaigns & Elections Jun. 4, 2022 2:07 pm179d ago
Six Republicans are on the Tuesday primary ballot for Iowa House District 91, a new district created in last year’s redistricting. The candidates are John George of Marengo, Adam Grier of Williamsburg, Devon Hodgeman of Oxford, Skylar Limkemann of Tiffin, Matt McAreavy of Oxford and Brad Sherman of Williamsburg.
Health Care and Medicine Jun. 3, 2022 6:00 am181d ago
Effective June 1, the Cedar Rapids office of the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition has closed its doors due to a major funding loss. The organization’s leadership will continue to offer deliveries and mobile services to clients.