Action Alert: Medicaid in Iowa

From the Iowa Medical Society:

Recently, Governor Branstad line-item vetoed a bipartisan provision of the FY17 Health and Human Services Budget, which would have prohibited the Department of Human Services (DHS) from implementing $30 million in Medicaid rate cuts, the vast majority of which would fall on physician practices. In the midst of the numerous claims processing and payment issues that physician practices are encountering with the transition to managed care, DHS has decided not to implement the rate cuts at this time.

A temporary reprieve from these cuts is a positive development for Iowa’s medical community, but the lingering threat of rate cuts inserts more uncertainty into an already fragile Medicaid program. DHS is currently developing its FY18 budget recommendations, which the governor will use to develop his FY18 budget proposal. Governor Branstad must hear from Iowa physicians and administrators that Medicaid rate cuts have consequences. Please contact him today!

Sending a message is quick and easy – IMS has developed a short message for you to customize.Please consider adding examples of how these cuts would impact your practice and your patients.

Thank you for your advocacy efforts!

-Iowa Medical Society

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