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Auditor: Iowa’s privatized Medicaid illegally denies care

Iowa Auditor Rob Sand explains results of an audit his agency conducted of the Iowa Medicaid...
Iowa Auditor Rob Sand explains results of an audit his agency conducted of the Iowa Medicaid Home Health Services program during a news conference at the Iowa Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020.(David Pitt | AP Photo/David Pitt)
Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 4:35 PM CDT
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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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