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Auditor: Iowa's privatized Medicaid illegally denies care

Posted at 11:57 AM, Oct 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-20 12:57:35-04

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state audit finds that Iowa’s privatized Medicaid system has illegally denied services or care to program recipients, and both private insurance companies managing the system have violated terms of their contracts with the state.

Auditor Rob Sand on Wednesday released the report from his investigation that examined a six-year period from 2013 through 2019. He says his investigators found a massive increase in illegal denials of care under privatized Medicaid.

Iowa Medicaid Director Elizabeth Matney rejected the report's conclusions, arguing Sand was making an “apples to oranges comparison” that mischaracterized the current program.

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