The Medicaid privatization disaster is getting even worse with the decision by UI’s College of Dentistry to stop taking new adult Medicaid patients. Oral health is the number one unmet need in Iowa adults.
The decision today by the Iowa Supreme Court is a victory for the constitutional rights of Iowa women. It’s a shame that Governor Reynolds and legislative Republicans are working overtime to prevent women from accessing health care. That’s wrong. They are politicians, not doctors.
The failure by the Reynolds Administration to come clean with Iowa taxpayers is even more reason for the State Auditor to conduct a comprehensive audit of Medicaid privatization that explains why it isn’t working.
Governor Reynolds and other Iowa Republican politicians sent a horrible message to everyone in the United States when they passed this unconstitutional law. This dangerous law devalues women and girls and would further reduce access to quality, affordable health care across our state.
“We all know for-profit Medicaid has been a disaster for Iowa families and health care providers,” said Jochum. “I believe it has also been a disaster for the state budget. Governor Reynolds, I look forward to a public review of the hundreds of millions of dollars Iowa has spent on privatized Medicaid and the reforms that will start fixing Iowa’s Medicaid mess.”
This session, we heard from thousands of Iowans who work hard but struggle to get by. They just want a decent-paying job and the chance to lead a happy, healthy life. Our job in the Legislature is to listen and work to improve the lives of everyday Iowans.
In the past two years, Governor Reynolds and other the Republican-controlled Legislature have made our state more dangerous for Iowa women. Instead of improving health care access for women, Governor Reynolds and the Republican-controlled Legislature have pushed through policies that put more women at risk.
We made a reasonable request today to delay the confirmation vote on Jerry Foxhoven until we can fully assess his leadership at DHS. First, there’s no need to rush this important decision. The deadline to deal with confirmations isn’t until April 15. Second, there are too many unresolved problems with the privatization of Medicaid services by the Reynolds Administration.
I believe every Iowa woman in our state should have the FREEDOM to care for her body without government intervening. I believe every Iowa woman should have the FREEDOM to decide if and when she wants to be a parent. Unfortunately, that is becoming nearly impossible with Republicans in control of the Iowa Senate.
Four key Democratic state legislators today denounced plans by officials with Governor Kim Reynolds’s Administration to have a closed-door meeting to discuss the failed Medicaid privatization experiment.