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Iowa lawmakers want Legislature to revisit Medicaid cut

Some Republican and Democratic lawmakers say they want the Iowa Legislature to revisit a recent change in state law that reduced a key Medicaid benefit for the elderly and poor. (MGN Online)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Some Republican and Democratic lawmakers say they want the Iowa Legislature to revisit a recent change in state law that reduced a key Medicaid benefit for the elderly and poor.

Lawmakers on a legislative committee made the comments Tuesday about a reduction in so-called retroactive benefits, which help Medicaid patients with medical costs incurred up to three months before they registered for the program. A health care budget approved in the Legislature reduced that eligibility window.

It's unclear what lawmakers want to do when they return in January. A proposal to effectively suspend the change was discussed at the meeting, but Republicans on the committee ultimately voted it down amid concern about the legal implications of such action.

Health care groups warn the reduction will shift costs to hospitals, providers and patients. State officials say the change will better align with the private insurance market.

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