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State Senate approves multi-million dollar program to promote ‘Iowa work ethic’ among Medicaid recipients

The Republican-led Iowa Senate passed a bill imposing work requirements on Medicaid recipients on a party line vote on Tuesday. SF538 would require Iowans determined to be “able-bodied” to work at least 20 hours a week at a job or as a community volunteer, or to attend school for that amount of time, in order […]

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Iowa State Auditor report: Here’s what Iowa can expect to save from privatizing Medicaid

The Iowa State Auditor’s Office released a long-awaited report on how much the privatization of Medicaid in Iowa has saved the state. According to the audit, the estimate of $141 million for fiscal year 2018 the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) issued in May was more accurate than the two estimates issued in 2017, […]

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Gov. Reynolds supports bill that cuts reporting requirements on state’s privatized Medicaid program

During her regular weekly press conference on Monday, Gov. Kim Reynolds said she is committed to transparency, but also came out in favor of cutting the amount of publicly reported information about how well the state’s controversial privatized Medicaid management program is performing. […]

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Questions mount ahead of imminent Medicaid changes

This is the second in a two-part series on the privatization of Medicaid in Iowa, which is set to begin this week. The first part can be found here. Fear of the unknown This coming Friday, Iowa will be privatizing its Medicaid healthcare system. To one side, it’s seen as an inevitable fix for the […]

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Looming Medicaid changes leave Johnson County patients in limbo

This is the first in a two-part series on the privatization of Medicaid in Iowa, which is set to begin this Friday, Apr. 1. Iowa’s Medicaid program is being torn apart for the sake of profits. That’s according to Della Mull, and she is not happy about it. The 63-year-old is a board member for […]

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