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Libs glad Branstad didn’t veto Medicaid oversight bills


This news story was published on May 29, 2016.
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DES MOINES – In response to Governor Terry Branstad this week signing Medicaid Oversight
bills, there was a sigh of relief from his political adversaries.

Senator Amanda Ragan of Mason City, Chair of the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, released a statement.

State Senator Amanda Ragan

State Senator Amanda Ragan

“I’m glad Governor Branstad did not veto the Medicaid oversight compromise reached by the Iowa House and Senate. The mistakes and mismanagement caused by Iowa’s rushed approach to Medicaid privatization continue to create problems for some of Iowa’s most vulnerable residents.“This summer and fall, we will continue to listen to, and be vigilant advocates for, Iowans fighting for essential health care services.

“The efforts of these Iowans, and the newly approved Medicaid oversight measures, are making it more likely that improvements to Iowa’s health care safety net will be made.”

Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa, released the following statement:

“We’re glad Governor Branstad listened to the will of Iowans and the legislative process. Progress Iowa is pleased that Govenor Branstad both signed all of the Medicaid oversight provisions into law and did it in a relatively timely manner on this Friday. The Governor’s privatization scheme remains a serious mistake that has caused a multitude of problems for the 560,000 Iowans who depend upon it, but at least we can move forward with some semblance of oversight and transparency.”

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