Daily Archives: November 29, 2015

Editorial: Concerns over Medicaid plan are justified

“Change is always frightening.” — Catherine Anderson, UnitedHealthcare “Change is really scary.” — Cheryl Harding, AmeriHealth “I know there are some people that always fear change.” — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad Perhaps the most maddening aspect of Gov. Terry Branstad’s ill-conceived and … Continue reading

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Senators question moving ahead with Medicaid privatization

Two Democratic senators are questioning Republican Gov. Terry Branstad’s plans to press forward with privatizing management of the state’s Medicaid program after a judge’s recommendation this week to throw out a contract awarded to one of four companies in line to manage the … Continue reading

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Editorial: Stop rewarding tax cheats with taxpayer-funded services

Lennie Pike, the truck driver played by Jonathan Winters in “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” said it best: “Listen, everybody has to pay taxes. … Otherwise, it’s like stealing from the government. … Even businessmen, who rob and … Continue reading

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Doctors signal more warnings about Iowa’s Medicaid plan

Multiple Medicaid payment and service questions posed by health providers Wednesday went unanswered or would be discussed “offline” by state officials who nonetheless asserted that Iowa will be ready to transfer the $4.2 billion annual program to private managers on … Continue reading

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Judge recommends throwing out 1 of 4 Medicaid contracts

An administrative law judge has recommended that Iowa throw out one of the four contracts awarded to for-profit companies that are in line to manage Iowa’s Medicaid program. The ruling calls for the state to reverse the contract awarded to … Continue reading

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