Iowa Unsure How Many Providers Have Joined Up With Private Medicaid Companies
Four for-profit firms will take over the state's Medicaid program on Jan. 1. Also, employees of the University of Iowa hospital system say it has yet to sign contracts with any of the managed care companies, despite the system announcing earlier that it had.
Iowa Public Radio:
Path Unclear For Iowa's Medicaid Privitization
The Department of Human Services says it is not sure exactly how many of the nearly 30,000 Medicaid providers in Iowa have signed with at least one of the four for-profit companies that will take over Iowa’s Medicaid management on Jan. 1. This lack of information was one of the points Democrats used in a failed effort to delay the transition during Monday's Health Policy Oversight Committee meeting. (Boden, 12/8)
Des Moines Register:
UI Hospitals Give Mixed Messages On Medicaid Contracts
University of Iowa Hospitals employees continued to tell patients Tuesday that their organization had not yet signed contracts with any Medicaid managed care companies, five days after the governor announced that UI had done so. Two Medicaid recipients contacted the Des Moines Register on Tuesday expressing confusion about the matter. They had read in the newspaper that their hospital and clinic system had signed contracts to provide care to people covered by two of the four managed care companies that soon are to start running Iowa’s Medicaid program. (Leys, 12/8)