One day after her Condition of the State address, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds continues to draw criticism for her defense of Iowa’s switch to privatized Medicaid.
The Republican governor contends that managed care is still generating significant savings for the state, despite falling estimates.
But Reynolds also acknowledges that some mistakes were made in the transition.
One of the numerous Democratic challengers lining up to run against Reynolds is an experienced physician.
Doctor Andy McGuire says Iowa’s Medicaid privatization is a failure.
“600,000 Iowans are affected by Medicaid. And when they implemented this, they did not talk to anyone who was involved in Medicaid. They didn’t have experts, they didn’t have meetings. They didn’t know what they were doing,” said Dr. McGuire. “And now she’s saying that they made a lot of mistakes, and they did. But I tell you, this whole thing is such a mistake we’re going to have to go back to the state to make sure we take care of patients.”
A new report out this week suggests that this year’s Medicaid savings could be 80-percent less than predicted.