State’s move to managed care could cut Linn County jobs

rick smtihCEDAR RAPIDS — Some 80 Linn County social service employees with union wages and benefits who provide care to the intellectually and developmentally disabled could see their jobs vanish as Iowa shifts from a state-administered Medicaid program to a private system.

Four of the five Linn County supervisors, all four of whom are Democrats, expressed frustration at their meeting Monday with the state’s move to managed care. They said they had little or no ability to weigh in on the changes even though the county and its employees have played a key role in the delivery of services for this at-need part of the state’s population.

“This is what counties do,” said Supervisor Brent Oleson of the role counties long have played in social services.

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