Senate Vote Could Lead to Thousands of Iowans Losing Coverage

Hospital Execs Fear Loss of Iowans’ Safety Net
– The Gazette
The Gazette quoted Manatt’s Cindy Mann, a partner with Manatt Health, for an article on why Iowa’s hospital executives, who recently gathered for the Iowa Hospital Association’s Summer Leadership Forum, are expressing worry over the future of Medicaid.
The publication reports that Iowa’s expansion of Medicaid, along with subsidy eligible plans, has helped push down the uninsured rate in the state to 5.9 percent. Iowa has also brought in an extra $750 million in 2015 in federal funding to help cover costs.

“It really helped rein in and rationalize the delivery of care by offering coverage and the opportunity to get the right care at the right time,” said Mann, the keynote speaker at the forum.
Mann said that, should federal dollars for the expansion population be done away with in 2020 as proposed legislation calls for, more than 117,000 Iowans would lose coverage within two years — with that number growing to 148,000 by 2025.

Read the article here



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