Senators question moving ahead with Medicaid privatization

IMG_8459Two 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 program.

“It’s obviously time to take a breath and see if this thing is running in the right direction,” said Sen. Amanda Ragan, D-Mason City and a co-chair of a committee that is charged with oversight of the plan. “I was quite surprised when I read his statement. Clearly, I have a different interpretation of the judge’s proposal than what he does.”

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