Governor Terry Branstad was asked about the concerns raised about the Medicaid managed-care transition today during his news conference with reporters.
The Republican says his office has put out a comprehensive report on the system and says it is much more efficient.
“In the old system, under the pay-for-services system, we had an error rate of well over nine percent, close to ten percent. The error rate under the new system is very close to zero,” Branstad says. Branstad says he tells anyone who finds a problem with the system to call his office so it can be addressed.
“We want to make sure that not only do we improve the health of the people who are under the Medicade system — but that we protect the interests of the taxpayers,” Branstad says. “And I believe the new system is doing that, as it has in many other states. But I happen to believe we have more oversight and we have a more transparent system than other state that have made the transition to managed care.”