Thursday, June 16, 2016, is the last day to change your MCO for any reason.
Share your experience with Medicaid Privatization by attending the Cedar Falls Medicaid Listening Post and by taking the online survey.
Proposed DOL Overtime Exemption Rule is Simply Solving the Wrong Problem
Creating new issues in its wake
This regulation, threatens to be the straw that breaks the camel's back for many providers like EPI who are already seriously challenged by a myriad of federal, state, and local unfunded mandates.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have approved - with a delay - the IA Health Link managed care program. Coverage will begin for all members transitioning to the IA Health Link on April 1, 2016.
IA Health Link has submitted a new timeline as follows:
As you may have heard, federal administrators (staff of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have ordered Iowa to wait at least 60 days before implementation of managed care.
If you haven't already, you should be seeing your IA Health Link enrollment packet very soon. The new IA Health Link program begins January 1, 2016, and will give current Iowa Medicaid members access to coverage through a managed care organization, or MCO.
Iowa Medicaid will be hosting webinars branded as "tele-townhall meetings" to provide information about the transition and allow the opportunity to ask questions to DHS staff.
As we've previously communicated, most Iowa Medicaid programs will be joined together in a single managed care program called IA Health Link as of January 1, 2016. The new IA Health Link program will give current Iowa Medicaid members access to high quality care coverage through a managed care organization, or MCO. A MCO is a health insurance company that is designed to make sure you receive complete health care that's right for you.
The Iowa Department of Human Services has announced dates for public meetings regarding Medicaid Modernization.
Last February, the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) released a Request for Proposals for Governor Branstad's Medicaid Modernization. This plan aims to improve quality and access, achieve greater accountability of outcomes, and create more predictable Medicaid budgets.
We know you and your family have a vested interest in Medicaid – we do too. And, we know for you it's not just about dollars and cents lining up on a page – it's critical to someone you love. While Exceptional Persons, Inc. (EPI) does not have influence over these Medicaid Modernization initiative decisions, we do want to be a resource for you. We will share what we can as we learn alongside of you.
Exceptional Persons, Inc. (EPI) is proud to be a part of a bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Thursday, June 18, titled the "Transition to Independence Act," (Senate Bill 1604), and co-sponsored by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR).
The Senate is preparing to vote on a budget resolution just approved by the House calling for major cuts to entitlement programs that would seek to convert Medicaid into block grants and impose spending caps putting the current stability of the program into jeopardy.
Act now before the vote is taken and let your U.S. Senators know how important Medicaid funding is to people with disabilities around the country!
In Iowa alone, Medicaid covers 546,000 people which is 18 percent of the population.
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