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Amerigroup Iowa once again is actively accepting Medicaid members as part of the state’s managed-care system.

It is taking enrollees it previously said didn’t have capacity to be included as well as accepting new members, said Iowa Medicaid Enterprises Director Mike Randol. He was speaking during Wednesday’s Council on Human Services meeting in Des Moines.

AmeriHealth Caritas, one of the managing-care organizations that handled Medicaid coverage in Iowa, announced in October it would exit Iowa’s market at the beginning of this year.

That same month, Amerigroup announced it did “not currently have capacity to take any new members,” including about 186,000 individuals left behind in AmeriHealth’s exit.

This left UnitedHealthcare of the River Valley as the only option for members.

More than 10,000 Iowans who had been put on fee-for-service at the beginning of this year now have been moved to Amerigroup’s coverage.

The transition so far has gone smoothly, Randol said Wednesday.

The Department of Human Services is undergoing a search for one or two managed-care organizations to replace AmeriHealth. These companies would begin administering coverage July 1, 2019.


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