Monthly Medicaid Member MeetingsThursday, August 26, 2021
Iowa Medicaid is planning to host monthly online listening posts with individuals whose services and supports are paid for by Medicaid. These monthly meetings will usually be held on the 4th Thursday of the month. Click here to sign up or find the link informationThis will also be a time for Iowa Medicaid to share information with its members, so it is both a learning time and a time for you to talk about how things can be improved (or talk about what is going well).
- Thursday, September 23 (5-6 pm)
- Thursday, October 28 (5-6 pm)
Dates and times for the November and December listening posts have not yet been set (since the 4th Thursday will probably conflict with holidays). Listening posts with providers will be held on the same days, from 4-5 pm.
Why is this important? This is a time when you can talk about any issues you are having with Medicaid, talk about what is working well, and learn more about what Iowa Medicaid is doing. Now is the time to talk about that, since the state is getting ready to give other managed care organizations a chance to join the Iowa system (a "third" MCO to join AmeriGroup and Iowa TotalCare).
Speaking of other managed care companies - Molina Health (a potential new MCO) has announced they have hired former Iowa Medicaid Director and Health/Human Services Budget Staffer Jennifer Vermeer. An Ohio-based non-profit MCO has also been meeting with legislators and stakeholders (CareSource). You can learn more about them by clicking on their names. DHS has not set the timeline for a new managed care company selection, but that is a good question to ask in these meetings!
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