Iowan speaks out about managed care crisis

Ames woman explains decline in services

Six disabled Iowans filed the suit after their care drastically changed when the state went from Medicaid to managed care.

Local 5 spoke with an Iowa woman who lost vital services when the private companies took over. Jan Dreesman is a teacher's assistant in the Ames school district. She was born with spina bifida.
Under Medicaid she got the basic, essential help she needed with getting dressed, bathroom and hygene needs, cooking and cleaning. Under privatized managed care, she lost important services.

Dreesman said, "I don't get the services I really need so my health deteriorates and I've been in the hospital because of it. Why does my life have to change so drastically because somebody thinks the dollar is more important to them than my life?"

Jan, along with attorneys at Disability Rights Iowa, hope the pending lawsuit will result in drastic changes so that 15-thousand Iowans can get their standard of care back to where it was under state-run Medicaid.

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