N.H. Medicaid bid winner AmeriHealth has rocky history in Iowa

Concord Monitor

By: Caitlin Andrews

A company facing scrutiny for its abrupt departure from managing Iowa’s Medicaid system is one of the three private organizations chosen by New Hampshire to manage the care of 180,000 Granite Staters.

Health care policy experts say the blame doesn’t just fall on AmeriHealth. Kelly Whitener, an associate professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy’s Center for Children and Families, said AmeriHealth appeared to try and do right by its customers, offering coverage in distant areas of the state and covering more people with complex needs than the state’s two other providers. But Iowa’s year-long transition to a managed-care model was “unprecedented fast, like lightning fast,” Whitener said.

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