Iowa senate approves bill to stop medicaid transition

Bill receives bipartisan support

By Amanda Krenz | akrenz@weareiowa.com

Published 02/11 2016 05:32PM

Updated 02/11 2016 05:32PM

(DES MOINES) Iowans and their families on Medicaid have been faced with the decision of which managed care company to pick.
 
It's part of the governor's plan to change over the state's medicaid program to private, managed-care companies.
The iowa senate voted today in favor of terminating the contracts the state has with three out-of-state companies, hoping that will stop the governor's plan.
 
President of the senate, Pam Jochum said, "Thousands of Iowans who are caregivers and have expressed their frustration and anger over a system that they cannot get answers to their most basic questions."
 
Republican senator Jason Schultz said, "I stand here today in opposition to this bill because I believe it would set us back, turn the train around and take us to the wrong destination."
 
No matter what the legislature does, CMS still has to give it's approval for the plan to move forward. So far, they have not done that.
 

 

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