Week in Iowa: Recap of news from across the state


Guests line up to get food last Sunday during Ashley Hinson’s BBQ Bash at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Central City. The second annual event featured live music, barbecue and several Republican elected officials, including Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott. (Savannah Blake/The Gazette)

Iowa to add Medicaid insurer: Iowa will again have three for-profit insurance companies managing the state’s privatized Medicaid program that provides health care for nearly 790,000 Iowans. The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that it plans to award contracts to current insurer Amerigroup Iowa and Molina Healthcare of Iowa.

Molina, whose CEO Jennifer Vermeer was Iowa’s Medicaid director for nearly a decade, will begin its contract with the state in July 2023….

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