Iowa lawmakers listen to citizen concerns over planned Medicaid changes in Iowa

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By January first, Medicaid services of more than a half million Iowans is scheduled to be turned over to four private managed care companies.  Wednesday several Siouxland Medicaid recipients said that’s way too soon

People like Sherry Flansburg of Sioux City expressed concerns during a “listening post” event at Western Iowa Tech.  The session was hosted by local state reps. David Dawson and Chris Hall as well as Cedar Rapids State Senator Rob Hogg.

Iowa governor Terry Branstad still needs federal approval to change the state’s Medicaid program from state run to privately managed, but he says the new system will be in place in January.

Medicaid recipients like Flansburg say they’re not getting the information they need to make educated decisions concerning future care.  She wants the change put on hold.

“Increase it by at least 6 months so these MCO’s will be able to put together a list so that we know where our doctors are or who we have to choose from.  I would rather it was dropped all together, ” said Sherry Flansburg of Sioux City.

Flansburg says she hasn’t found the type of specialty care she requires in any of the managed care organizations being offered under the governor’s plan.

Representative Chris Hall says families and health care providers alike are being blindsided by the governors plan.

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