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Gov. Reynolds applauds CMS ‘Healthy Adult Opportunity’


This news story was published on February 6, 2020.
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DES MOINES –  Gov. Kim Reynolds today praised the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for their new “Health Adult Opportunity” (HAO) initiative, that would provide states with significantly greater flexibility to improve health outcomes for their Medicaid populations.

“States like Iowa are laboratories for innovation and policy reform because governors know what’s best for their individual states,” said Gov. Reynolds. “Medicaid block grants will give states the flexibility to improve systems and provide better outcomes for people who rely on this care. I appreciate Administrator Verma and CMS for giving us more options to better serve Iowans.”

The HAO, which was recently announced by CMS Administrator Seema Verma, puts patients first through state flexibility, accountability, and patient protections. In exchange for additional flexibility, states would agree to increased accountability for outcomes. HAO will also give states more negotiating power to manage drug costs.

Read more about “Healthy Adult Opportunity” here.

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2 Responses to Gov. Reynolds applauds CMS ‘Healthy Adult Opportunity’

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    February 9, 2020 at 11:17 am

    “HAO will also give states more negotiating power to manage drug costs.”

    Most of the big pharmaceutical companies are in states controlled by Democrats.

    Johnson & Johnson — New Brunswick, NJ.
    Pfizer — New York City, NY.
    Merck & Co. — Kenilworth, NJ.
    AbbVie Inc. — Lake Bluff, IL.
    Bristol-Myers Squibb — New York City, NY.
    Eli Lilly and Company — Indianapolis, IN.
    Biogen — Cambridge, MA.
    Abbott Laboratories — Lake Bluff, IL.

    With the states able to negotiate lower prices, means less taxable money in their states. Less money for “donations” to their causes.

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    February 9, 2020 at 8:18 am

    Far from taking anything away from Medicaid beneficiaries, Healthy Adult Opportunity is all about expanding the advantages that flow from respecting and empowering states and citizens. No one should be deceived by the apocalyptic rhetoric from the President’s opponents. Instead, as Governor Stitt emphasized in introducing SoonerCare 2.0, we should thank President Trump and CMS for “listening…innovating…and putting healthcare back where it belongs — with the states.”