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Medicaid concerns growing

The Iowa Department of Human Services announced this week that some Medicaid patients won't be able to switch their coverage.

Posted: Nov. 23, 2017 4:49 PM
Updated: Nov. 23, 2017 6:31 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Human Services announced this week that some Medicaid patients won't be able to switch their coverage.
Iowa originally had three companies for patients to choose from but one Amerihealth Caritas announced they're done at the end of this month and now Amerigroup will not be taking additional patients.
Kendra Mennen has a daughter suffering from several chronic illnesses. Thankfully she's *not one of many impacted by the Medicaid changes but it's still an issue that weighs heavy on her mind.
“It’s scary, it’s scary I have a friend of mine whose son has severe heart issues and having to get bounced around and then told the hospital doesn't take that then what do you do because you want them to get the best care possible so trying to make sure your child has the best care possible without worrying about the pocketbook, that's sad,” Mennen said.
Iowa's Medicaid Program went private last year. The program currently serves more than 600 thousand people.

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