Auditor to review Iowa’s privatized Medicaid costs
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s auditor says her office will review the state’s claims of savings under its privatized Medicaid program.
State Auditor Mary Mosiman confirmed the move in a statement Thursday night. She didn’t provide details on the scope of the review but says any findings will be released publicly.
Mosiman says the review is in response to a letter from Democratic Sen. Pam Jochum of Dubuque, who says the Iowa Department of Human Services has given inconsistent information about program savings since switching to a private program.
DHS oversees the health care program for the poor and disabled, but private insurance companies provide coverage. The agency has defended reports of reduced services and officials say they’re addressing problems.
A DHS spokesman says officials are “happy” to walk through the costs with Mosiman.