Taylor organizes listening post to hear about local impact of Governor Branstad’s Medicaid changes

Written by Theresa Rose on October 1, 2015

State Senator Rich Taylor of Mount Pleasant is organizing a listening post in Mount Pleasant to hear health care concerns raised by Governor Branstad’s impending privatization of Medicaid.

The meeting will take place at 3:00 PM Wednesday, October 14, in the Social Hall in the Howe Student Activity Center Building of Iowa Wesleyan University at 601 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant.

State Senator Joe Bolkcom of Iowa City, the vice-chair of Health and Human Services Budget Committee, will also take part. The two senators both also serve on the Senate Human Resources Committee.

“Governor Branstad wants to privatize Medicaid services in Iowa faster and more completely than in any other state,” Taylor said. “I’m concerned that people in our communities will be denied critical medical services and that local providers will not be adequately reimbursed for the care of Medicaid patients.”

Many Iowa health care leaders are concerned that the Branstad Administration’s goals are unrealistic and could threaten the health care of Iowans.

By January 1, 2016, the health care of more than a half million Iowans will be turned over to four managed care companies. Under the Branstad Administration’s proposed contracts, administrative costs will jump from 3 to 15 percent, reaching a new total of $600 million.

“We all need to work together to make sure quality health care services remain available to local seniors, people with physical and mental disabilities, and mothers and children,” said Taylor.