Good riddance, AmeriHealth: One private Medicaid insurer down, two to go!

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Good riddance, AmeriHealth: One private Medicaid insurer down, two to go

The Register’s editorialPublished 2:54 p.m. CT Nov. 13, 2017

AmeriHealth exit is yet another reminder of the widespread disruption caused by privatizing Medicaid

Goodbye, AmeriHealth Caritas.

Don’t let Iowa’s door hit you on the backside after abruptly abandoning your contract with the state to manage the health care of more than 200,000 Medicaid beneficiaries.

AmeriHealth is one of three for-profit insurers selected to carry out Gov. Terry Branstad’s disastrous privatization of Iowa’s $4 billion Medicaid program launched in 2016. In late October, the state announced the insurer’s departure. No one will be hosting its going-away party.

During the company’s fewer than two years here, it pocketed millions of public dollars for “administration,” incessantly complained about losing money, begged for more taxpayer dollars, refused to be publicly accountable and denied care to Iowans.

Read the full article at the Des Moines Register.

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