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Branstad says no delay needed for Medicaid privatization

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad says there is no reason to delay plans to shift Iowa's Medicaid operation to private management, even though a judge has recommended that the state throw out one of four contracts awarded to companies to run the program.

Branstad says Monday that the state always planned to have between two and four companies running the program. He says that if the state takes the judge's recommendation, it can continue with three private firms.

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

Branstad stressed the state has not decided how to proceed. Iowa Department of Administrative Services Director Janet Phipps will review the judge's decision.

Iowa is set to shift the $4.2 billion Medicaid program to private management starting Jan. 1.

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