Today’s NewsStand – May 9, 2017

Featuring hospital and health care headlines from the media and the Web.

Iowa News

Too soon to know impact on Iowa of Obamacare repeal and replace, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds says
It’s too soon to know what changes Iowa will want — or have — to make to its Medicaid program as a result of changes Congress is contemplating in its repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday. “I’m not going to speculate because we don’t know,” Reynolds said at the administration’s weekly news conference. “It’s a long way from done … and it won’t look the same when they get done with it.” (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Young should explain his health vote to Iowans
Representative David Young voted to support a GOP-written bill that undermines the Affordable Care Act. The legislation, which passed 217-213, offers no comprehensive plan to deliver health insurance to Americans. Instead, it disrupts important aspects of the law and would likely increase the number of uninsured people. Young seems more interested in kowtowing to his political party’s leadership than representing his constituents. (Des Moines Register)

Jefferson hospital CEO talks about Medicaid managed care
Greene County Medical Center CEO Carl Behne updates us with their continued transition with the three Managed Care Organizations one-year later. (Raccoon Valley Radio)

Royce White belongs in NBA’s front office as mental health advocate
The Esquire piece examining how Royce White’s anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder have affected his professional life sparked a thought I’ve had since it was obvious the former Iowa State superstar wasn’t destined for a long, wonderful basketball career. The NBA should make him its top mental health advocate. (Des Moines Register)

Grammy Museum grant will boost Iowa State’s Parkinson’s disease research
The Grammy  Museum Grant Program announced that more than $200,000 in grants will be awarded to 14 recipients to help facilitate a range of research on a variety of subjects, as well as support a number of archiving and preservation programs. Research projects include an Iowa State University study that will investigate the effects of group singing therapy on people with Parkinson’s disease. (Iowa State University)

National News

Republicans sold their health plan as a win for freedom; voters aren’t so sure
House Republicans pitched their health care vote as a victory for freedom: States could do away with expensive Obamacare mandates and liberate insurers to sell much cheaper plans, which would cover far fewer medical needs. No longer would men have to pay for maternity benefits. No longer would healthy 20-year-olds have to buy prescription drug coverage. (STAT)

Permanente CEO: Congress needs to address deeper issues hurting health care
Dr. Robert Pearl has been watching congressional efforts to overhaul health care. Pearl is CEO of health care insurer and provider, The Permanente Medical Group. “If you look how doctors are paid, they are paid a lot more to pull that blood clot out then to avoid it in the first place,” he says. (National Public Radio)

AHIP chief Marilyn Tavenner is looking to the future of health insurance
Tavenner previously served as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and was Virginia’s secretary of Health and Human Services. She became CEO of Hospital Corporation of America after starting there as a nurse for Johnston-Willis Hospital. But now she’s the voice of the private insurance market. (Healthcare Finance News)

US life expectancy varies by more than 20 years from county to county
There’s more grim news about inequality in America. New research documents significant disparities in the life spans of Americans depending on where they live. And those gaps appear to be widening, according to the research. (National Public Radio)

Minnesota measles outbreak caused by vaccine skeptics
Doubts about vaccines helped fuel Minnesota’s biggest outbreak of measles in decades, and attracted determined vaccine skeptics eager to exploit fear, health officials say. But the outbreak has not only caught people’s attention; it has helped demonstrate that anti-vaccine activists are wrong, state and county health officials say. (NBC News)