The Des Moines Register: Medicaid bidders tried to keep proposals secret

The Des Moines Register: Medicaid bidders tried to keep proposals secret

By Jason Clayworth

Hundreds of pages were initially redacted or missing from bid documents made public last week in which private companies competing to run Iowa’s $4.2 billion Medicaid program detailed their proposals and why they deserved the lucrative state contracts, a Des Moines Register investigation has found.

“If companies are allowed to decide what is appropriate for public reporting, then the public has ceded control of a critical function to private actors,” said Leonardo Cuello, director of health policy at the National Health Law Program in Washington, D.C. “At that point we lose the ability to truly judge if we are getting value for the public spending, or to ensure that the best contractor is selected.” Read the full article here. »

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