Gov. Reynolds today expressed confidence in Iowa’s privately-managed health care program for the poor and disabled, even as thousands of Medicaid patients are being pulled out of the new system.
One of three for-profit companies managing the program, AmeriHealth Caritas, has dropped out. Another company, AmeriGroup, can’t absorb some of AmeriHealth’s 215,000 patients.
As a result, at least 9,000 patients are going back to the traditional state-run Medicaid program, at least until AmeriGroup can build up capacity.