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Feds Approve Managed Care Plan, But Not Until April 1

posted by Chris Sparks on Thursday, February 25, 2016

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.

What does this mean for you?

  • In the interim, continue to see your current provider.
  • Members can continue to make changes in their MCO selection for any reason until June 16, 2016, and after for 'Good Cause' (such as their provider hasn't joined the MCO network).
  • Confirmation of Coverage letters and coverage cards will be mailed over the next several weeks

EPI has signed with AmeriGroup, United HealthCare, and AmeriHealth Caritas.

Helpful Resources:

For more information, visit the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) sites for the latest information (

Further, Iowa Medicaid Member Services can be reached at 1-800-338-8366 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday- Friday)


Amerigroup Iowa, Inc.



AmeriHealth Caritas



United Healthcare Plan of the River Valley, Inc. 


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Chris Sparks has been working in the field of disability services for over 35 years – beginning his career as a Direct Support Professional. As Executive Director of Exceptional Persons, Inc. (EPI) he focuses on the EPI mission to connect people to their communities, create opportunities, a ... read more