Iowa's transition to Medicaid MCOs going smoothly, Gov. Branstad says

April 03, 2016

Gov. Terry Branstad said Iowa's transition to privately managed Medicaid MCOs is off to a smooth start and should improve health outcomes for the program's enrollees while saving taxpayers money. "By the reports that we've received, the transition to managed care has been smooth and went off without any major disruptions to Medicaid patients or the providers that are serving them," he said. DHS Director Charles Palmer told reporters that about 3,000 calls were made to a state hub of 350 workers created to help answer questions, sort out available benefits for Iowa Medicaid patients, and connect them with the healthcare professionals who treat them. According to MCO representatives, the numbers of Iowa Medicaid clients signed up with each private company were 180,000 with Amerigroup Iowa, 203,000 with Amerihealth Caritas Iowa and 201,000 with UnitedHealthcare Plan of the River Valley.
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