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Appealing a Managed Care Organization (MCO) Decision

Iowa Medicaid has switched to Managed Care. Almost everyone who has Medicaid in Iowa is now assigned to a Managed Care Organization. Managed Care Organizations are also called MCOs.

Dealing With Medical Debt

It is important to plan for medical expenses. Equally important is knowing how to deal with medical bills when you have no money to pay them.

Getting Emergency Medical Care

Hospitals must treat you - even if you don’t have insurance - when you have an emergency condition or are a woman in active labor. Hospitals must treat your medical emergency until you become stable. The hospital may bill you later, but it cannot turn you away from emergency care.

Getting the Health Care Services You Need

Has your insurance company, Medicare or Medicaid denied you help? You don't have to take no for an answer.

Gifts and Qualifying for Medicaid for Nursing Home Care

Medicaid can help elderly or disabled Iowans pay nursing home and home health care expenses. To be eligible, your income and assets must be below certain levels. If you give away money or other assets to anyone other than your spouse, you may be ineligible for Medicaid. In addition, the state may seek to recover the assets you gave away.

Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Programs

Sometimes a person who requires health-related care and assistance with activities of daily living does not need or want to move out of his or her home. Medicaid may be able to provide help for persons with disabilities who can live at home with support.

Medicaid Payment for Nursing Home Care

Many people rely on Medicaid, also known as Title 19, to pay for their nursing home care. People may generally receive Medicaid payment for their nursing home care if their income is $2,382 or less per month and their nonexempt resources are $2,000 or less.

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage for People Who Get Medicaid

Medicare provides prescription drug coverage for people who are eligible for Medicare alone, and for those who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. "Dual eligibles" are the group of Medicare eligibles who also qualify for Medicaid.

Repayment of Medicaid under Iowa's Estate Recovery Law

Iowa's Estate Recovery Law requires reimbursing the state from the estate of a person who received benefits under certain Medicaid (Title 19) programs.

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