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Study: Rural residents tend to shy away from vital health screenings

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September 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Big changes are coming to health insurance starting October 1st, when millions of uninsured Americans have to start buying policies under the Affordable Care Act. Jon Bailey, at the Center for Rural Affairs, says rural residents in Iowa tend NOT to get preventative screenings, like cancer tests or mammograms. “The screenings and the tests are relatively inexpensive and do pay off and rural people, the data shows, get those in significantly fewer amounts than non-rural people,” Bailey says. “I think that’s because of the type of insurance they have.” Compared to urban residents, Bailey says rural Americans are responsible for nearly 22-percent more of their total health care costs, including premiums, co-pays and out-of-pocket costs.

The center’s research finds rural Iowans will see many pluses from the new federal health care law. Bailey says they focused on the provisions of the law, including tax credits and whether the costs can be subsidized. Bailey says, “Because of the insurance market in rural areas, because of lower incomes generally in rural areas, we think a good chuck of premium tax credits will go to rural people and a lot of rural people will benefit from them.” Bailey, the center’s director of rural research and analysis, authored the report which looks at the benefits of health insurance marketplaces, cost sharing and other incentives for rural residents.

“We hope it shows the process people will have to go through and if they purchase insurance on the new health insurance marketplaces, what they’ll potentially get in terms of premium assistance to help pay the health insurance costs,” Bailey says. “It shows how those premium assistance provisions work, who qualifies for those.” Bailey says many provisions of the new law apply to rural residents because of demographics, unique health care challenges and economic circumstances. The Center for Rural Affairs is based in Lyons, Nebraska.

(Radio Iowa)

2 arrests in Atlantic Wednesday

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September 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports two arrests on Wednesday. 52-year old Laurie Moore, of Anita, was arrested for Public Intoxication. And, 36-year old Erik Appley, of Walnut, was arrested on Cass County warrants for Theft in the 5th degree, and Driving While Barred. Moore and Appley were booked into the Cass County Jail and held, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

8AM Newscast 09-05-2013

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September 5th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Iowa health insurance exchange price info delayed

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September 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s insurance commissioner says he needs a commitment from a national insurer before he can release pricing information on policies to be sold on the state’s new health insurance exchange.  The prices were scheduled to be released next week, but that’s been delayed until Sept. 16.

Commissioner Nick Gerhart told The Des Moines Register that he’s awaiting a decision from Coventry on whether it will carry through on its initial plans to offer policies. But Coventry’s new parent company, Aetna, has withdrawn from five other states’ exchanges.   Aetna officials didn’t respond to requests for comment.

If Coventry were to opt out, that would leave Iowans with only one carrier, CoOportunity Health. The state’s dominant health insurer, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, won’t participate in the exchange until 2015.

(Update 7:35-a.m.) Clarinda Academy escapee captured!

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September 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Clarinda Police Department reports the escapee from the Clarinda Academy, 16-year old Myriah Thomas has been apprehended near Waukee, by the Iowa State Patrol. Additional information will follow as it becomes available.

M. Thomas (Clarinda P-D provided image)

M. Thomas (Clarinda P-D provided image)

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers said the teen apparently jumped from a second-story window from a dorm at the Academy, sometime between 12:30- and 1-a.m., today. Authorities had said that at around 4:10-a.m., a black female matching Thomas’ description had stopped at the Casey’s Store in Villisca and asked for directions to the Interstate. The teen was driving a white Ford Ranger,and was by herself.

(Podcast) 7-AM Area News – Thu., Sept. 5th 2013

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September 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

Atlantic Police report increase in scam activity

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September 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green says his department is receiving complaints once again about scams in the area. Green said two recent incidents involved callers saying they are with The Publisher’s Clearing House.

The Publisher’s Clearing House Fraud Protection Division says if you are ever contacted by someone claiming to represent PCH, or claiming to be a PCH employee,  and asked to send or wire money (for any reason whatsoever, including taxes), or send a pre-paid gift card or Green Dot Moneypak card in order to claim a sweepstakes prize – DON’T!  It’s a SCAM. If you are sent a check, told it’s a partial prize award, and asked to cash it and send a portion back to claim the full prize award, DON’T.  The check is fake, but the SCAM is real!

In addition, Steve Green says you should never pay to receive a prize, and never give out personal information over the phone. He says if you any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Atlantic Police Department at 712-243-3512.

For more information on the PCh scam: http://info.pch.com/consumer-information/fraud-protection

Red Oak man arrested Wed. Night

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September 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in  Montgomery County report the arrest at around 10:40-p.m. Wednesday, of 20-year old Kyle Robert Danick, of Red Oak. Danick was arrested for Public Intoxication, following an incident at the 40-mile marker of Highway 34, west of Stanton. He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond.

(Update: Clarinda Academy escapee seen in Villisca

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September 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Clarinda Police Chief Keith Brothers reports a teenager has escaped from the Clarinda Academy, Juvenile Holding Facility in Clarinda. Brothers said in an updated news release at 6-a.m, that at around 4:10-a.m., a black female matching the description of the Clarinda Academy escapee, 16-year old Myriah Maulik Thomas, had stopped at the Casey’s Store in Villisca and asked for directions to the Interstate. The suspect was driving a white Ford Ranger and was by herself. The direction of travel after the female left Casey’s is unknown at this time. Thomas, who is 5-feet 3-inches tall, is from Dallas Texas.

M. Thomas (Clarinda P-D provided image)

M. Thomas (Clarinda P-D provided image)

Thomas weighs 122-pounds, has short, curly brown hair and brown eyes.  If you see her, DO NOT APPROACH the teen. Instead, you should call your nearest law enforcement agency immediately by the 911 emergency telephone system. There is presently a search underway for Thomas by authorities from the Clarinda Police Department, Page County Sheriff’s Department, Clarinda Academy staff  and the Mercy One Helicopter Unit.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Sept. 5th 2013

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September 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa regulators have declined to give Planned Parenthood of the Heartland a report that discusses the group’s use of a video-conferencing system to distribute abortion-inducing pills. The Iowa Board of Medicine declined to release the 2010 report by a board investigator that was used in 2011 to determine the safety of the video system. The Des Moines Register reports Planned Parenthood requested a copy last week.

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — The city of Evansdale plans to end its ambulance service to nearby Poyner Township. Evansdale Fire Chief Kent Smock sent a letter to township trustees stating the service would stop October 1st because trustees have declined to pay for the service. Evansdale had been billing Poyner Township patients through an informal agreement since the early 1970s.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors say they have dismissed charges against two Sioux City residents accused of robbing and torturing a man because they want to build their case. The motion filed Tuesday dismisses first-degree robbery and willful injury charges against 33-year-old Melissa Lowe and 32-year-old Brandon Keleher.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Nothing seems assured for Iowa State after it lost to FCS school Northern Iowa last weekend. The lower-tier Panthers exposed issues on both sides of the ball for the inexperienced Cyclones, who showed that those who picked them to finish ninth in the Big 12 might end up being right.