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ADVOCATES ASK LEGISLATORS FOR OVERSIGHT

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When the Senate Government Oversight Committee convened on March 17 to discuss the new Medicaid Managed Care Program Integrity & Oversight Bill (Senate File 2305), they invited two providers (hospital and rural health clinic) and two advocates to speak about the need for oversight.

Many of you know Bill Stumpf from Dubuque (and if you don't know him, you may know his son Kyle).  Bill and Kyle have been active advocates with ID Action, and Bill has served on the Iowa DD Council and the Iowa Patient-Centered Health Home Advisory Council.  Bill made the trip from Dubuque to share his thoughts with the committee, and his message was simple.  His son has been successful, despite early in life health conditions, and he wants to make sure those advances are not lost as the state moves its system into managed care.  "Kyle is an integral part of the community," said Stumpf.  "He pays taxes, votes, and enjoys participating in community activities like everyone does...I am concerned about Kyle being able to continue to receive the services at the same level he has for the past 24 years...there is no doubt in my mind that without these services he would not be employed in the community and would not be paying into the system he benefits from. Especially job supports." 

Bill told the committee that "effective oversight is imperative to assure Iowans on Medicaid continue to receive the services they need to be full participants in their communities."  He added that "lastly, and most importantly, there must be stakeholder input."  You can watch Bill's testimony here, and you can read it here

Rhonda Shouse of Marion also testified before the committee.  For her, it comes down to a lack of trust.  "Ultimately oversight needs to be implemented because of a lack of trust and accountability that has been well-earned over the last year," said Shouse. She said oversight is critical to "protect Iowa's financial interest and the health of over half a million Iowans."  She reiterated Bill's push for stakeholder involvement, "we have beneficiaries and family members who have more working knowledge on this issue than many of the state legislators voting on it."  You can watch Rhonda's testimony here, and you can read it here.