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Companies to Manage Iowa Medicaid Have History of Mismanagement or Fraud

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Iowa Department of Human Services announced four private companies that will manage the services of Iowa’s $4.2 billion Medicaid program. Des Moines Register Newspaper Investigative Reporter Jason Clayworth took a look at some of the past problems that each of the four firms have faced in the past.

“What we found was for each of them was a series of deep problems with either mismanagement or fraud,” Clayworth says. “Some of them resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in fines or settlements paid.”

The companies that won the bid are Americgroup Iowa, Inc.; AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa, Inc.; UnitedHealthcare  Plan of the River Valley, Inc.; and WellCare of Iowa, Inc.