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Health Policy Oversight Committee Next Steps

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While the Health Policy Oversight Committee only met twice this year, it's importance will continue to grow as the managed care system rolls out.  That is because the legislation that created it also required the Department of Human Services and the 11-member Executive Board of the Medical Assistance Advisory Council (MAAC for short) to begin hosting monthly meetings around the state starting March 2016 to continue to receive public comment on Medicaid managed care.  These meetings are intended to continue to give the public a voice in the evolving system. 

The full MAAC includes representatives of 56 provider, consumer, and advocate organizations - just about anyone in the state that has a stake in Medicaid is on the full council.  You can see the full membership here.  You can see who serves on the MAAC Executive Committee are:

  • Gerd Clabaugh, Director - Iowa Department of Public Health (Chair)
  • Dan Royer, Iowa Hospital Association
  • Cindy Baddeloo, Iowa Health Care Association /Iowa Center for Assisted  Living
  • Dennis Tibben, Iowa Medical Society
  • Shelly Chandler, Iowa Association of Community Providers
  • Jess Purcell Smith, Iowa Pharmacy Association
  • Anthony Carroll, AARP
  • Kristie Oliver, Coalition for Family and Children’s Services in Iowa
  • Jim Cushing, Iowa Association for Area Agencies on Aging
  • Nancy Hale, NAMI Iowa
  • Paula Connolly, Public  Member (ASK Resources)

The Department of Human Services and the MAAC Executive Committee are to report on their findings, and develop recommendations for consideration by the Health Policy Oversight Committee.  The Committee will then make a decision on whether legislative changes are needed to protect access to the services 560,000 Iowans need to live healthy, independent lives in their communities.  These reports are to come to the Health Policy Oversight Committee four times a year (quarterly).