Complaints about Iowa's privatized Medicaid are spiking
Des Moines Register Allegations that private companies are terminating and reducing health services of Iowa's poorest and oldest populations has increased, multiple reports show.
Lobbying ramp-up precedes mental health funding proposal
Lansing State Journal Physical health insurers ramped up lobbying operations and far out-spent their behavioral health counterparts in the months before lawmakers pulled an about-face on who should manage billions of Medicaid dollars for mental health services.
Battle may be looming over how quickly foster care bill outsources CPS workers’ duties
Robert T. Garrett,
Dallas Morning News The Texas House sponsor of the big foster care bill signaled Monday he’s going to fight for his version of “community-based foster care,” including a slightly slower outsourcing of Child Protective Services workers’ duties.
Family: Teen suicides evidence of failure of privatized foster care
Palm Beach Post WLRN-FM reports the death of 14-year-old Naika Venant in January was the second teen suicide in a Miami Gardens foster care home overseen by the agency Our Kids in the two months.
Report: Privatized Medicaid program serves fewer people, costs more
Brian M. Rosenthal,
Houston Chronicle The privatization of a state program that transports poor Texans to medical appointments has cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars more while serving fewer than half as many people, according to a Legislative Budget Board report.
Judges, foster care providers clash over privatizing supervision of abused Texas kids
Robert T. Garrett,
Dallas Morning News "Please don't privatize and further fragment the state's function in serving as the final safety net for children," Travis County District Judge Darlene Byrne told the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
Nebraska Modifies Its Privatized Medicaid; Iowa's Called "A Disaster"
DEBORAH (VAN FLEET) NEWCOMBE,
Omaha Public Radio A recent Des Moines Register editorial calls Iowa’s privately managed Medicaid program, now less than nine months old, “a disaster.”
A manager hired to help developmentally disabled people misappropriates more than $58,000
Audit Connection Washington,
Audit Connection Washington A member of the Board of Directors for the house informed the detective that he got “into a bad practice” of signing blank checks for the manager, trusting that she would use the money for its intended purpose.
Average ACS worker investigates more cases now than in 2012, despite Mayor de Blasio's promise to increase staff
Greg B. Smith,
New York Daily News New York City records show child protective workers’ caseloads are on the rise.
St. Louis County social workers rally for more staff
Duluth News Tribune St. Louis County social services workers tasked with mitigating all mental health and drug issues say they are overwhelmed and understaffed — especially for child protection cases where children's lives may be in danger in unsafe homes.
Congressional delegation asks USDA to investigate NM’s food aid program
Albuqueque Jorunal New Mexico’s congressional delegation is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate allegations that state Human Services Department workers falsified food assistance applications.
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