Nebraska Modifies Its Privatized Medicaid; Iowa’s Called “A Disaster”

Source: Deborah Newcombe, Omaha Public Radio, January 4, 2017

Effective January 1st, Nebraska has made modifications in the administration of its Medicaid program by private insurance companies.    All Nebraska Medicaid recipients who did not pick one of the available plans by December 1st were automatically enrolled in one.  Molly McCleery, Staff Attorney for the Health Care Access Program at Nebraska Appleseed, stresses that recipients who are not happy with their plan have 90 days to change. … A recent Des Moines Register editorial calls Iowa’s privately managed Medicaid program, now less than nine months old, “a disaster.” Claiming Iowa’s Medicaid  costs had been among the lowest in the country, it says the state recently agreed to pay $127 million more than anticipated in state and federal funds – while recipients complain of being denied services and providers of not being reimbursed. McCleery says with profit margin a factor, a similar scenario could play out in Nebraska. …