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By Erica S|
|July 20, 2021

Iowa news

Immunization clinic in Fort Madison set for Thursday

Lee County Health Department will be holding a Children’s Immunization Clinic Thursday, July 22, at Lee County Health Department. #3 John Bennett Drive, Fort Madison from 1-4:30 p.m. The clinic is open to children who have no insurance, are insured by Iowa Medicaid (MCO) or those who have private health insurance that does not cover the cost of vaccines. (Daily Gate City)

HealthPartners UnityPoint Health now offering health insurance to small businesses in Iowa

HealthPartners UnityPoint Health (HPUPH) will start offering fully insured health insurance to businesses and organizations with fewer than 50 employees, giving more options to the small group segment of the market. HPUPH will have 27 plan options, enabling businesses to choose plans with broad or narrow networks. Rates for these plans will be announced Oct. 1, 2021. Participating businesses will have access to HealthPartners’ nationally recognized customer service, health and well-being resources, and telehealth services. (HealthPartners UnityPoint Health)

UnityPoint Health and Western Home Services to build new, innovative memory care community

The new facility will deploy a specialized care model known as the “household model of care.” The facility will offer those with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s, a secure, homelike setting with personalized care plans to improve quality of life through clinical care, cognitive engagement, and daily living activities. (KWWL)

National news

Democrats also are aiming for Medicaid expansion in their go-it-alone bill

Beyond expanding Medicare benefits, Democrats say they’ll fit another health priority into their $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill: getting Medicaid expansion to adults in states that have refused it. (Washington Post)

Seven recent health IT innovation partnerships

Here are seven recent health IT vendor contracts and go-lives accelerating digital transformation efforts at health care organizations. (Becker’s Hospital Review)

All children — vaccinated or not — should wear masks this fall, AAP says

The AAP recommends all students and teachers wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. The AAP’s mask recommendation differed from the CDC, which said July 9 that fully vaccinated individuals don’t need to wear masks at schools. AAP recommends universal masking because a large portion of students are not yet eligible for vaccines, and masking is proven to reduce virus transmission and protect unvaccinated individuals.  (Becker’s Hospital Review)

 

 

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