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She Expands Her Business - Meet Katie Fergus

Until the 1st of July Katie Fergus, CPA had a "one-person" medical billing consulting business called FinanSynergy that helps medical professionals insight on ways to increase their revenue and deal with insurance companies. We spoke to her about that and the status of Iowa's For Profit Managed Care back in March of this year. Last week we heard that Katie had purchased Medical Billing Services a 30+ year company located in the East Village of Des Moines and suddenly she went from a one-person consulting business to having a team of two-dozen employees. Here we talk about her rapid growth, what she does for her clients and an update on Iowa's For-Profit Managed Care network. Lots of things to cover...let's go!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Iowa Hospitals and the Health Care Debate

This past week we had a news story that said so far, this year, 49 hospitals in the United States have closed their doors. Contrary to popular belief the Affordable Care Act was a boost to health care and to hospitals. To dig into this we invited the Iowa Hospital Association to weigh in on the health care debate. Here Scott McIntyre the Vice President of Communications for the association talks about rural health care delivery, affordability and the danger both the House and Senate versions of health care insurance options have on our hospitals, clinics and patients.

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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The Crisis in Health Care with Bruce Schmiedlin, CPA

This past week we heard about health care and employer options. Today we spend some time with Bruce Schmiedlin, CPA a returning visitor to our studios to talk about the health care options set before the American people. From the ACA to the ACHA to the BCRA what might you expect and what should be our options from as a state and a nation. We think this may surprise you.

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Health Care and Employers with Ned Flynn from Aureon

Talk about a timely topic. Today Ned Flynn from Aureon visits with us about the world of health care options for employers. From the "law of the land" in the Affordable Care Act to the recently released Better Care Reconciliation Act. Here we talk about those and the House passed American Health Care Act. Strap in for a conversation about options and what Aureon is sharing with their clients. 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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We Talk Health Care, Insurance and More with Iowa AARP

Just back from Washington, D.C. Kent Sovern from AARP-Iowa weighs in on the health care issue being debated by 12 United States Senators. Here he talks about why AARP is concerned about the bill that was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and why. AARP-Iowa is making trips all across the state in an effort to hear what you have to say about health care and health care insurance in the United States. We also, toward the end of the interview preview some additional programming coming to you from AARP-Iowa. Have a listen! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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Reflections on Washington D.C. from DMDC2017

If you were with us last week you heard a number of reports as we broadcast from the Greater Des Moines Partnership Washington D.C. Fly-In (#DMDC2017). Over 200 business, civic and non-profit leaders took a charter flight to D.C. to listen, learn and lobby for a host of economic issues that are critical to Central Iowa and beyond. Today Michael offers some personal reflections about the trip from issues the surround health care to transportation to political jabs to bipartisan efforts. What really goes on vs. what sometimes other media outlets share or ignore completely. 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:00pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour

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Funding Your Retirement Lifestyle

Our guest is long-time New York Life agent, Malka Naggar who, along with others in her office, is presenting a complimentary, informational workshop designed to explore the many issues faced by the owner of a closely-held business in today's economic times. We talk about that, small business, employee benefits and more. The event takes place on Wednesday, February 22 between 11:30am and 1:00pm at their West Des Moines office. Who said there was no...free lunch?To respond: 515-238-1984.

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:05pm on AM-940, FM-104.5 and in HD at 103.3 HD2. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour

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Drive Spotter - Next on StartUp Stories with Mike Colwell

Each month Mike Colwell joins us for a conversation about Square One DSM and a series he calls Startup Stories. This month Chris Augeri the co-founder of Drive Spotter will present and take questions during the noon event. Here we talk about what Drive Spotter is, how it came to be, who uses the product and it's future. Have a listen...we think it's pretty amazing. To register for Startup Stories, part of the work of the Greater Des Moines Partnership...go here.

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:05pm on AM-940, FM-104.5 and in HD at 103.3 HD2. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour

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Liability Insurance for Professionals with Cindy Wiedman

After nearly thirty years of working for somebody else Cindy Wiedman made the decision to start her own business. Liability Pro Insurance Advisors works with lawyers, CPA's and others to help them with insurance needs when it comes to professional liability. We talk about her niche business and more. Enjoy!  


Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only hour-long, business broadcast in the Midwest. You can catch us at 5:05PM on AM-940, FM-104.5 or in HD at 103.3 HD2. It is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising/consulting agency based in Des Moines. Connect with The Business News Hour on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is our Facebook Page.  
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Life Insurance Awareness Month - Curtis Fett

September is National Life Insurance Awareness Month and what better reason to ask our friend Curtis Fett from Nationwide Insurance to come in and explain what that means and the many changes life insurance has gone through over the years. Some valuable information for you and your family:


Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only hour-long, business broadcast in the Midwest. You can catch us at 5:05PM on AM-940, FM-104.5 or in HD at 103.3 HD2. It is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising/consulting agency based in Des Moines. Connect with The Business News Hour on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is our Facebook Page.
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