Culver Opposed to Medicaid Privatization

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A former Iowa governor is getting involved in the opposition to the state's push to shift Medicaid patients to managed care companies.

Chet Culver hosted two Medicaid town-hall meetings in eastern Iowa Tuesday.

The former governor told a small crowd of recipients and providers that this is the biggest state public policy change in 50 years. And Culver said he's disappointed to see how politics are playing such a large role in the decision.

"This is not a partisan issue. This needs to be about public policy for decades in this state, it's not been a partisan issue," Culver said.

The former governor encourages those attending to make their voices heard before the March 1 scheduled start date of managed care.

Culver said opponents will make one last push at a statehouse rally set for February 24th.