Another Medicaid math puzzler: Who has the contracts?

petersenThe Iowa Hospital Association on Monday questioned whether Iowa has reached agreements with heath care providers on more than 12,000 contracts to provide Medicaid services through for-profit management companies.

Federal officials will not allow Iowa to move forward with Gov. Terry Branstad’s privatization plan on Jan. 1 unless the state has an adequate number of health care professionals who agree to accept Medicaid. At least 560,000 poor or disabled Iowans depend on the $4.2 billion annual program for their health care.

The hospital association, which represents more than 100 Iowa hospitals, claimed Monday it has found discrepancies between the list of health care providers the Iowa Department of Human Services released last week and the businesses that have actually signed contracts.

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