(File Photo) Sen. Liz Mathis listens to Marge Cannon of Garden Grove, Iowa, as she shows her managed care paperwork during a recess in a hearing by the Legislative Health Policy Oversight Committee at the State Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, Nov. 7, 2015. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
CEDAR RAPIDS — Sen. Liz Mathis, D-Robins, asked providers two questions Tuesday afternoon.
“Raise your hand if payments have been slow or you’ve run into issues,” Mathis said.
More than a dozen hands shot up.
“Now raise your hands if you’ve had no problems.”
No hands went up.
The physicians, administrators and nonprofit employees attended Mathis’ listening post for Medicaid beneficiaries and providers in Marion. More than 65 people came to voice issues regarding the Medicaid’s transition to managed care. Representatives from the state and managed-care organizations listened to complaints and answered questions for more than two hours.
“You’ve got a group here, and we can listen today,” said Chad Piper, director of long-term services and supports for AmeriHealth.