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Sat May 11, 2019, 10:34 PM

Looming change in Iowa Medicaid program stirs worry

CEDAR RAPIDS — Despite the state Medicaid director’s efforts to soothe concerns over the privately managed program, members and providers involved with Iowa Medicaid say they are dreading an upcoming transition.

Iowa Medicaid Director Michael Randol spoke Friday in Cedar Rapids in the latest of a series of town halls across the state intended to assure Iowans there will be no major disruptions when one managed care organization exits the state program and another joins.

“The goal of these meetings is really to go out and meet with members, meet with providers face-to-face to be transparent in this process and be very candid with them,” Randol told The Gazette.

Randol emphasized in the meeting that benefits for members will not change, and that state officials are working to ensure a smooth transition for providers and members alike as UnitedHealthcare prepares to leave the program.

Read more: https://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/health/looming-change-in-iowa-medicaid-program-stirs-worry-cedar-rapids-townhall-20190510

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