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July 19, 2018 State of Iowa facing more Medicaid challenges ahead
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

Ever since the governor unilaterally privatized Medicaid in 2016, the results have been disastrous for the people of Iowa. Iowa’s Medicaid Dental Wellness Plan (DWP) may have dentists across Iowa no longer accepting Medicaid patients because the state shifted management of the dental system to for-profit companies.

Because of these changes, the University of Iowa Dental School announced they will no longer be taking new Medicaid patients. This new policy is due to the low payments and confusing rules from the Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) that took over Iowa’s Medicaid program.

The University of Iowa has the only dental school in the state, and they often take challenging cases. They currently serve 8,000 adult Medicaid patients, and those patients will still receive services. However, any new Medicaid patients will be turned away. Patients are already having trouble accessing dental care, and this will add to that problem.

If you have any questions or are still have Medicaid Privatization problems, contact the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise Provider Services Unit at 1-800-338-7909, or email at imeproviderservices@dhs.state.ia.us.

GOP budget forces new cuts at university

The University of Iowa announced this week that they are closing several centers at the college and cutting 30 jobs because of the GOP’s budget cuts. The closures will impact critical research on aging, technology that assists people with disabilities, and Iowa’s workforce.

One of the closures, the Labor Center, is the only center that is dedicated to workplace and labor issues in Iowa. In today’s rapidly changing workplace, it’s critical for the Labor Center to provide policymakers with timely information about the economic and legal environment, how best to create and preserve quality jobs, and how to strengthen workers’ rights.

Over the last two years, Republican lawmakers have cut $16 million to the University of Iowa and raised tuition at Iowa’s three state universities and community colleges. As Iowa faces a significant workforce shortage, lawmakers should be working together to make job training and higher education affordable for every Iowan.

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