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The Iowa Senate voted to end the Governor's move to privatize Medicaid last week.  The vote was bipartisan (29-19), with all 26 Democrats and 3 Republicans (Chapman, Johnson, Shipley) voting for the Senate File 2125.  A fourth Republican (Zaun) had to miss the vote, but submitted a written statement saying he would have supported it.  You can see how your Senator voted here.

The bill now goes to the House, where the House Human Resources Committee will make a final decision on whether to move the bill forward.  They have until March 11 to make that decision. 

The Senate plans to have another subcommittee hearing on the Medicaid Program Integrity & Managed Care Oversight Bill (new number SF 2213) on Wednesday, February 24 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 116 at the State Capitol.  The Senate will live-stream it and it can be watched later here. This forum coincides with an anti-Medicaid managed care rally earlier that day at the Capitol, led by former Governor Chet Culver.   No word from CMS on Medicaid managed care.  Legislators had hoped they would hear something by Friday letting the state know if they can "go live" with Medicaid managed care on March 1, or whether an alternative date will be set.