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Iowa Medicaid: An Uncertain Future

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Nationally, the trend to have Medicaid administered by private insurers has resulted in 70 percent of Medicaid beneficiaries receiving at least part of their services by private managed care companies. For example, in Iowa mental health services were taken over 20 years ago by private managed care. Unfortunately there is more trouble with mental health care access now than ever before

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A Question of Access to Care

Ultimately, the issue of Medicaid managed care isn’t a question about how to better manage Iowa’s state government; it is a question of whether or not the government truly supports reforming the health care system and providing improved access to care for all citizens. Or is the state’s government merely interested in cutting support for Iowa health care providers?

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Growing New Approaches to Community Health

To address community nutrition and obesity-related needs, many hospitals’ action plans include offering exercise classes, nutrition counseling, runs and walks, free health screenings and education programs. Some creative new endeavors are being put into place as well.

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Meet a Hospital Hero: Brad Strader

While Brad always stresses to everyone that it is the donors who make the foundation a success, without Brad’s leadership and vision, the hospital’s foundation would not be the vibrant organization it is today, capable of providing funds to assist dedicated hospital staff in providing exceptional care and services to patients. As one nominator said about Brad, “He works quietly and constantly through many projects and programs to build an ever better institution.”

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