Information on Medicaid Privatization

Many Iowans are expressing concern about Governor Branstad’s unilateral decision to privatize Iowa’s Medicaid program. If fully implemented, the Governor’s decision would have negative impacts on Iowa’s most vulnerable citizens and Iowa’s healthcare providers.

We are concerned that people in our communities will be denied critical medical services and that local providers will not be adequately reimbursed for the medical care of patients. The long term care of severely disabled adults and children makes up the bulk of Medicaid services in Iowa. Medicaid also covers prenatal care to pregnant women, health insurance for low-income children, and health care for low income seniors and others.

TAKE ACTION: What you can do about the Branstad-Reynolds Medicaid mess

Sections:

  • Upcoming Senate Democrat Medicaid listening posts

  • People to contact

  • Department of Human Services Information

  • Other resources

  • Related stories

Senate Democrat Medicaid listening posts

Senate Democrats are hosting listening posts to hear what you have to say about Medicaid privatization. Here are the upcoming listening posts that have been scheduled:

    • Sioux City with Senator Hogg and Representative Hall: Wednesday, December 2, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Western Iowa Tech Community College – Cargill Auditorium / Room D103 (4647 Stone Avenue).

 

People to contact

  • The Health Care Policy Oversight Committee is a joint committee of the Iowa House and Senate that will receive public input and make recommendations for improvements to Iowa’s Medicaid managed care.
    Statehouse meeting in Room 103: Mon., December 7 at 10 a.m.
    More information:  http://bit.ly/1M6SeJf

 

 

  • Contact the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services by e-mailing all key federal officials making decisions about Iowa’s Medicaid privatization:
    • Andrew Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
    • Victoria Wachino, Deputy Administrator and Director, Medicaid and Chip Services
    • Eliot Fishman, Director, State Demonstrations
    • James Golden, Director, Division of Managed Care Plans
    • Alissa Deboy, Acting Director, Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group
    • Debbie Dombrowski, Division of Managed Care Plans
    • Jennifer Snow, HHS Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs
    • Stephene Moore, Director, HHS Region VII

andy.slavitt@cms.hhs.gov
victoria.wachino1@cms.hhs.gov
eliot.fishman@cms.hhs.gov
james.golden@cms.hhs.gov
alissa.deboy@cms.hhs.gov
debbie.dombrowski@cms.hhs.gov
jennifer.snow@hhs.gov
stephene.moore@hhs.gov

 

Department of Human Services Information

To learn more about privatizing Medicaid in Iowa, go to www.dhs.iowa.gov/ime/about/initiatives/MedicaidModernization.

In addition, the Iowa Department of Human Services is hosting meetings, webinars and conference calls to help local Iowans understand what the transition means for them.

 

 

Get answers to your questions

  • Medicaid recipients with questions or concerns can call Members Services at 1-800-338-8366.

 

  • Questions from providers should be directed to the Provider Services Call Center at 1-800-338-7909.

 

Other Resources

 https://www.facebook.com//Medicaid4Iowa/

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Posted Nov. 11th, 2015 at 6:49 am by