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Branstad and Reynolds again claim Medicaid “modernization” gives patients “more choice, access, and accountability than ever before”

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds (who will soon be governor) released the most recent data showing Iowa’s Medicaid patients allegedly have more choice, access, and accountability under Medicaid Modernization than ever before.

The pair said in a statement that “patients have more choice than ever before fitting their individual needs, more access to services including twice as many doctors and nurses, and real accountability that will improve the health of more than 500,000 Iowans.”

Medicaid Modernization has brought “real accountability” to the Medicaid program tracking nearly 1,000 patient health outcomes–something Branstad and Reynold claim “Old Medicaid” never did. Since April 1, over 230,000 patient health risk assessments and outreach efforts were conducted identifying risk factors to a patient’s health helping them live “longer, healthier lives”.

The statement goes on to say that “ensuring our most vulnerable Iowans have patient-centered coordinated care is a cornerstone of Medicaid Modernization. More than 38,000 adults and children with high-risk health conditions, now have a health care coordinator assigned to them integrating their care including more than 25,000 patients with behavioral health conditions.”

See the data they released, here.

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