December 16, 2015

After recently passing a managed care plan to control Medicaid spending, Iowa is moving quickly to implement reform.

“Last week Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced three major hospital systems, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, UnityPoint Health and Genesis Health System have all come to agreements with a managed care organization (MCO’s). Iowa’s Medicaid Modernization plan will improve quality, access, and health care outcomes and create a more predictable and sustainable Medicaid program that begins Jan. 1, 2016.

“I’m very pleased with the announcement that three major hospital systems have signed contracts to serve Iowa Medicaid patients and partner with Medicaid plans,” said Branstad. “These hospitals have signaled they are ready to provide quality care to Medicaid patients all over Iowa on Jan. 1, 2016. We appreciate the commitment these hospitals are showing to Medicaid patients and their willingness to put politics aside and put sound policy and patients first.”

Now that conservative reformers have enacted Medicaid managed care to save money here, NCDHHS needs to get the ball rolling like Iowa.