Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Shredding the safety net UPDATE. In Iowa, Medicaid privatization increasingly becomes synonymous with 'claim denied'

Related reading:
Complaints to Ombudsman Continue to Rise.  (State of Iowa Ombudsman Office, 4/2/2018)

1/5/2018 update, "Another conservative experiment gone awry:  Iowa finds Medicaid privatization savings fleeting", starts here.

Medicaid privatization is saving Iowa 80% less money than predicted, state report says.  (Des Moines Register, 1/5/2018)
Iowa now stands to save $47.1 million this fiscal year by having private companies manage the $4 billion program, according to a quarterly report prepared by staff members from the Department of Human Services. 
After then-Gov. Terry Branstad ordered the shift in 2015, he predicted it would save the state $232 million in fiscal year 2018. 

Original 8/143/2017 post, "The invisible hand of the medical marketplace chokes Todd Mouw to death", starts here.

Reported in A Medicaid patient lost the care he'd received for 20 years. 3 months later, he was dead.  (Des Moines Register, 8/13/2017

Yes, it was all going to be so magical.  

Former fairy dust sprinkler Terry Branstad is now the U.S. ambassador to China.

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