Dems: Ragan: The problems Iowa families and providers warned us of are here. How will we respond?

December 7, 2015
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  December 7, 2015                                                                

Prepared remarks by Senator Amanda Ragan,
Co-Chair of the Iowa Legislature’s Health Policy Oversight Committee

The key question for this meeting is: “Is Iowa ready?”

Most Iowans with a stake in Medicaid say “no.”

The problems Iowa families and providers warned us of are here.

Take this example from a family in my state senate district.

Sue Rosenberger of Mason City is the office manager for local law firm.  Her young daughter has epilepsy, autism, and other serious health care problems.

Medicaid is her family’s safety net.  That’s what Medicaid is for all of us, our safety net in case of severe health care challenges.

Contrary to what the Branstad Administration has told Sue, all of the out-of-state Managed Care organizations have told her NO, they will NOT continue her daughter’s relationship with her pediatric neurologist at the Mayo Clinic.

Sue worries the Medicaid safety net won’t be there for her daughter if corporate profits are put ahead of her family’s health care needs.

Thousands of Iowa families in a similar situation.

Iowa’s health care providers are businesses both large and small, employing several hundred thousand Iowans.

Iowa’s health care providers are overwhelmingly unhappy with the Branstad Medicaid changes.

Every legislator knows that because they repeatedly tell us so.

Problems with increased costs, confusion and pointless red tape runaround—are being reported by Iowa’s local hospitals, clinics, agencies and nursing homes.

Time is running out and Iowans still don’t know if their parent, child, or spouse will get the health care they need.

Today, I’ll be listening for proof that the problems have been fixed, the safeguards have been installed, and that there are good reasons to ignore the Iowans asking for this program to delayed, reformed or abandoned.

Without that proof, I think the most responsible thing to do would be to delay this effort until we are sure it works and that it is the best way to provide Medicaid services to one out of six Iowans.

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Dems: Ragan: The problems Iowa families and providers warned us of are here. How will we respond?

December 7, 2015
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  December 7, 2015                                                                

Prepared remarks by Senator Amanda Ragan,
Co-Chair of the Iowa Legislature’s Health Policy Oversight Committee

The key question for this meeting is: “Is Iowa ready?”

Most Iowans with a stake in Medicaid say “no.”

The problems Iowa families and providers warned us of are here.

Take this example from a family in my state senate district.

Sue Rosenberger of Mason City is the office manager for local law firm.  Her young daughter has epilepsy, autism, and other serious health care problems.

Medicaid is her family’s safety net.  That’s what Medicaid is for all of us, our safety net in case of severe health care challenges.

Contrary to what the Branstad Administration has told Sue, all of the out-of-state Managed Care organizations have told her NO, they will NOT continue her daughter’s relationship with her pediatric neurologist at the Mayo Clinic.

Sue worries the Medicaid safety net won’t be there for her daughter if corporate profits are put ahead of her family’s health care needs.

Thousands of Iowa families in a similar situation.

Iowa’s health care providers are businesses both large and small, employing several hundred thousand Iowans.

Iowa’s health care providers are overwhelmingly unhappy with the Branstad Medicaid changes.

Every legislator knows that because they repeatedly tell us so.

Problems with increased costs, confusion and pointless red tape runaround—are being reported by Iowa’s local hospitals, clinics, agencies and nursing homes.

Time is running out and Iowans still don’t know if their parent, child, or spouse will get the health care they need.

Today, I’ll be listening for proof that the problems have been fixed, the safeguards have been installed, and that there are good reasons to ignore the Iowans asking for this program to delayed, reformed or abandoned.

Without that proof, I think the most responsible thing to do would be to delay this effort until we are sure it works and that it is the best way to provide Medicaid services to one out of six Iowans.

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