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Gettysburg, Pa. (June 30, 2019) – OPEN MINDS has released an updated suite of Medicaid market intelligence resources on the state of Iowa. The resources include analysis of the Iowa’ s Medicaid system, Medicaid managed care vendor contracts, and additional state-specific information.

The Iowa Medicaid managed care program is called IA Health Link. IA Health Link serves two different population groups who have different benefits and cost-sharing requirements:

  • Non-expansion population: Aged, blind, and disabled individuals; children; and parents and caretaker relatives. These enrollees receive the full-benefit package and are not responsible for additional cost-sharing.
  • Medicaid expansion population: Childless adults with income less than 138% of the FPL. These enrollees are subject to cost-sharing requirements, and receive an alternative benefit package (see next slide).

The state contracts with two managed health plans to provide physical health and behavioral health services, pharmacy, and long-term services and supports (LTSS) to both the Medicaid expansion and non-expansion population. The contracts are available for download:

The managed care contract includes a requirement for the health plans to have at least 40% of their enrollees receiving services through a value-based reimbursement arrangement by the end of calendar year 2018. Incentives and/or risks in qualifying arrangements must take into consideration both a cost component and the state’s approved set of quality measures, called the Value Index Score (VIS).

The Iowa Medicaid Managed Care Contracts are available now for all Elite OPEN MINDS Circle members. Individual contracts may be purchased in the OPEN MINDS shop for $1,500 each.

Additionally, the OPEN MINDS team has four in-depth profiles of the Iowa state health system:

The Iowa suite of state profiles is now available now for the Elite OPEN MINDS Circle members. In addition, the OPEN MINDS team has a wealth of additional Iowa-specific resources. A monthly OPEN MINDS market intelligence update is available to all health and human services executives. To sign up, OPEN MINDS Circle members should set their email preferences under the My Account Settings.

All of these resources, and more, are available as part of an OPEN MINDS Circle Elite membership. Membership includes unlimited organizational access to all OPEN MINDS content and databases, plus executive education events, and other exclusive Elite member benefits. Learn more about becoming an Elite OPEN MINDS Circle member online at

For additional questions and inquiries, please contact Sarah C. Threnhauser, Executive Vice President, OPEN MINDS at 717-334-1329 or


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