After UnitedHealthcare announced they are leaving Iowa on Friday, Iowa House Democrats offered a plan today to finally end Medicaid privatization and put Iowans back in charge of health care.

“Enough is enough. With 425,000 Iowans facing another disruption in their health care, it’s time for the Iowa Legislature to act now and end Medicaid privatization.  The failed leadership of the Reynolds Administration is putting real lives at risk.  It’s time for GOP lawmakers to join with us and prevent another health care crisis,” said State Rep. Lisa Heddens, who is Ranking Member of the House Human Services Budget Subcommittee.

House Democrats filed two amendments today to end Medicaid privatization and prevent another health care disruption for Iowans.  The first amendment would move the most vulnerable Iowans who need long term assistance (LTSS) back to fee for service.  The second amendment would end Medicaid privatization at the end of the fiscal year and force the Governor and lawmakers to develop a system that actually improves access to health care.  Both amendments were filed to every bill eligible for debate on Monday and Tuesday.

“I’ve already heard from patients and providers deeply concerned about losing their health care and going through another difficult transition. This latest health care disruption for Iowans is unacceptable and it proves we need to push the ‘reset’ button on managed care,”  said House Democratic Leader Todd Prichard of Charles City. “House Democrats are going to keep fighting to make health care more accessible and affordable for all Iowans.”

Last year, AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa left the state after losing hundreds of millions of dollars and left just two other Managed Care Organizations (MCO’s).  Thousands of Iowans, including our most vulnerable, were forced to change care providers and many picked United Healthcare which currently has about 70 percent of Iowa’s Medicaid population.  The Governor announced late Friday that United was leaving the Iowa MCO market.

Here are links to the two amendments: