Dems: “Now, more than ever, we must all work together for robust Medicaid oversight”

February 23, 2016
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February 23, 2016

Comments by Senator Liz Mathis of Robins, chair of the Senate Human Resources Committee, and Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, co-chair of the Health and Human Services Budget Subcommittee, on the decision by federal Centers for Medicaid Services to allow the Branstad Administration’s plan to privatize Iowa Medicaid to go forward on April 1.

“We are thankful another month of delay. Families living with severe medical challenges, the people affected most directly by Iowa Medicaid privatization, know it is far from ready,” said Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, co-chair of the Health and Human Services Budget Subcommittee. “Iowans still can’t get answers to basic questions.  Iowans are being told trusted local doctors and service providers won’t be available.  Iowans are losing independent case managers paid to put patients first.”

“Now, more than ever, we must all work together for robust Medicaid oversight,” said Senator Liz Mathis of Robins, chair of the Senate Human Resources Committee. “The Senate is working on tough, bipartisan oversight and accountability protections.  Iowans will do a better job than out-of-state corporations when it comes to overseeing the health care safety net we all depend on.”

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