Iowa official cites $51M in Medicaid savings

October 08, 2015

An Iowa state official says $51 million in savings cited by Iowa as a reason for privatizing its Medicaid program is a midpoint of wide-ranging estimates from experts. Iowa Department of Human Services' fiscal manager said experts' estimates of savings range from nothing to 15%. The $51 million estimate for the first six months of privatization was factored into the state budget passed by the Legislature earlier this year. Republican state Rep. Dave Heaton said last month that failing to privatize Medicaid and get savings would lead to a major budget shortfall.