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State lawmakers question Medicaid plans

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DES MOINES (AP) -

Two state lawmakers are raising concerns about Gov. Terry Branstad's plans to continue to shift Iowa's Medicaid operation to private management, after a judge recommended that the state throw out one of four contracts awarded to companies to run the program.

Administrative Law Judge Christie Scase recommended Wednesday that Iowa reverse its contract with Florida-based WellCare.

Branstad spokesman Ben Hammes said the decision allows the privatization plans to move forward.

Democratic Sen. Amanda Ragan, of Mason City, says it is time to "take a breath." Democratic Sen. Janet Petersen, of Des Moines, also raised concerns.

Department of Human Services spokeswoman Amy Lorentzen McCoy said Friday the agency is reviewing Scase's recommendation.

Iowa's Medicaid program is set to move to private managers in January.

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