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Branstad, Reynolds announce major expansion of providers for Medicaid Modernization

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, UnityPoint Health and
Genesis Health System all reach agreements with a managed care organization

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad
DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced three major hospital systems, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, UnityPoint Health and Genesis Health System have all come to agreements with a managed care organization (MCO’s). Iowa’s Medicaid Modernization plan will improve quality, access, and health care outcomes and create a more predictable and sustainable Medicaid program that begins Jan. 1, 2016.

“I’m very pleased with today’s announcement that three major hospital systems have signed contracts to serve Iowa Medicaid patients and partner with Medicaid plans,” said Branstad. “These hospitals have signaled they are ready to provide quality care to Medicaid patients all over Iowa on Jan. 1, 2016. We appreciate the commitment these hospitals are showing to Medicaid patients and their willingness to put politics aside and put sound policy and patients first.”

Lt. Gov. Reynolds added, “We have learned a great deal from 30 other states who have taken steps to modernize how they serve Medicaid patients. Our phased-in approach ensures a smooth transition on day one for all Medicaid patients. The news today of three major hospital systems signing contracts is a clear signal we will be ready to serve our patients on Jan. 1, 2016.”

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, UnityPoint Health and Genesis Health System represent over 3,300 Medicaid providers. The over 3,300 Medicaid providers represent 28 different types of providers including doctors, nurses and specialists.

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