Gov. Reynolds has again agreed to give the MCOs the largest dollar increases for Medicaid in the last decade. The publicly managed Medicaid system grew at an average of 5% each year over a 10-year period before privatization. Last year, the increase was 8.4%. The increase announced today is a whopping 8.6%!
Governor Reynolds and legislative Republicans are sticking with privatized Medicaid. Given that, our focus is making urgently needed improvements. We are proposing large and small improvements to how privatized Medicaid serves Iowa families and healthcare providers.
A Northwest Iowa legislator may have mistakenly released the Republican Party of Iowa’s secret plan to “fix” the Medicaid privatization mess. During a forum, State Senator Jim Carlin of Sioux City proposed rationing health care for Medicaid recipients, saying lawmakers should “look into limiting the number of doctor visits” by people on Medicaid.
Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen on GOP’s ‘gut punch’ to Iowa taxpayers “Iowa families, health care providers and taxpayers received a gut punch today because of the mismanagement of privatized Medicaid by Governor […]
“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.”
Things seem to be going from bad to worse for Iowans when it comes to health care. Recent health care news has left many frustrated. Here is some information about where things stand right now. We hope this helps provide a little clarity about health care options available to Iowans.
State Senator Matt McCoy and State Representative John Forbes invite the public to a public discussion of their “Medicaid for All” solution to Iowa’s health insurance mess. The goal is to ensure that every Iowan has access to more affordable and reliable health insurance. The event will be held at Des Moines Central Library, 1000 Grand Avenue, from 6 PM to 8 PM on Wednesday, June 21. The event will be livestreamed on Senator McCoy’s Faceboook page, https://www.facebook.com/senatormccoy/.
Senators Ragan and Mathis respond to the retirement of DHS Director Palmer.