Democrats want federal review of Iowa's private Medicaid system
DES MOINES, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) —
Democrats critical of ongoing issues with Iowa's private Medicaid system are now pleading with the federal government to review the system top to bottom. In a letter sent to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Democrats made their request, asking the CMS to personally come to Iowa to see how the system works first-hand.
Democratic Senator Liz Mathis of Hiawatha confirmed to CBS2/FOX28 News that the letter was sent to federal regulators last week. So far, they have not received a response. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, who supports the current system, admits mistakes were made in the rollout of the private system, but continues to believe that it was the right thing to do.
About 600,000 Iowans use Iowa's Medicaid system for health coverage. Three providers were supposed to operate it, but one left after 2017 and another is unable to take any new patients, eliminating any choice for hundreds of thousands of patients. In testimony at the statehouse, the Department of Human Services rejected the idea of returning to the public-run model.