Tony Leys, IC Press-Citizen

Tony Leys

IC Press-Citizen

Des Moines, IA, United States

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Past articles by Tony:

Marshalltown hospital to close its birthing unit, citing declining patient numbers

Since 2000, 33 of Iowa's 118 community hospitals have closed their maternity units. Sixty-four Iowa hospitals still have such programs. → Read More

Iowa's Glenwood institution fined $15,000 after disabled man collapses on hot patio

The Glenwood Resource Center has been fined five times in the past year over inspectors' findings about how it cared for its 200 disabled residents. → Read More

Cory Booker pledges to help Americans afford long-term care

The U.S. senator from New Jersey proposes raising the asset limit for Medicaid coverage to $200,000. For a single person in Iowa, it's now $2,000. → Read More

Mosquito-borne West Nile virus sickens first Iowan of the summer

The mosquito-borne virus causes few symptoms in most people, but it can lead to high fevers and deadly brain swelling. → Read More

Medicaid director's faith in managed care unshaken by $386 million cost increase

Mike Randol predicts the two insurers now running Iowa's Medicaid program are here to stay, after two others bailed out in the wake of heavy losses. → Read More

UnityPoint Health may merge with Sanford, a larger hospital system based in South Dakota

UnityPoint Health traces its roots to 1993, when Iowa Methodist Medical Center merged with Iowa Lutheran Hospital to form the Iowa Health System. → Read More

Iowa veteran's survivors sue over VA's illegal hiring of troubled neurosurgeon

The Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledged its Iowa City hospital shouldn't have hired the surgeon, whose Wyoming medical license was revoked. → Read More

Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven resigns without explanation

Foxhoven, who held the job two years, oversaw Iowa's controversial privatized Medicaid system, child welfare efforts and the state's institutions. → Read More

Iowa Poll: Likely Democratic caucus participants split on Donald Trump impeachment question

Many Democratic presidential candidates are calling for Trump’s impeachment, but many likely Iowa caucus participants are unsure it’s time to do so. → Read More

MercyOne suspends its kidney and pancreas transplant program

MercyOne's kidney and pancreas transplant program has been performing about 30 transplants per year. It will be shuttered for at least a year. → Read More

Oldest Iowan to join the Iowa National Guard talks about the bombing that changed him forever

Watching 9/11, all Dan Grinstead could think was: This is my generation’s Pearl Harbor. Then, he decided to do something about it. → Read More

Medicaid director meets with Iowans worried about UnitedHealthcare's exit. 'You can't calm our fears,' one Iowan says.

Iowa Medicaid Director Mike Randol, in the first of six town hall meetings, says "there are going to be bumps in the road," but no one will lose benefits. → Read More

Measles sickens a second unvaccinated person in northeast Iowa

The unidentified patient is a "household contact" of the first patient, who came down with measles after traveling to Israel, officials said. → Read More

Cory Booker 'sings' 'Bohemian Rhapsody' with teen Queen fan while campaigning in Iowa

Booker showed Brylie Ruden a video of Axl Rose and Elton John singing a duet of Queen's famous song. He called it "one of my favorite scenes ever." → Read More

Cory Booker 'sings' 'Bohemian Rhapsody' with 15-year-old Queen fan from Iowa

The Democratic presidential candidate admitted he was 'a little bit off.' But he nailed the iconic 'Carry on. Carry on' lyric. → Read More

Democratic Congressman Dave Loebsack to retire after this term

The Iowa City Democrat, who is 66, has represented parts of eastern and southern Iowa in Congress since 2007. → Read More

Cory Booker to bring economic-fairness message back to Iowa caucus campaign trail Monday

The New Jersey Democrat will be making his third trip to Iowa as a presidential candidate since he announced in February he was running. → Read More

Severely disabled Iowans are dying at a state-run institution. Staff say care has declined, while the state defends its care.

"It's not normal to have this many deaths," said ex-administrator Kathy King. State says each death is extensively reviewed to ensure care was proper. → Read More

Wrong-patient prostate cancer surgery costs medical group $12.25 million in malpractice case

The Iowa Clinic admitted its doctor's error caused the wrong patient to get surgery, but the clinic's lawyer recommended jurors award just $750,000. → Read More

UnitedHealthcare is pulling out of Iowa's private Medicaid management program

UnitedHealthcare manages care for more than 425,000 poor or disabled Iowans, which is more than two-thirds of all Iowans on Medicaid. → Read More