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Group heads to State Capitol, opposing Gov. Branstad's Medicaid plan

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Buses are headed to Des Moines this morning, filled with people who oppose Gov. Branstad's plan to privatize Medicaid.

The group plans to attend the Health Oversight Committee meeting at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol Building to voice its opposition.

A bus from Cedar Rapids, one from Iowa City and a van from Sioux City all departed early Monday morning.

Rhonda Shouse of Marion organized the trips, saying Iowa is not ready for Medicaid-managed care. The group is concerned people are not going to be ready for the change come Jan. 1. Shouse says people are confused about the switch, and are unsure about what exactly is taking place.

Gov. Branstad has said the privatization of Medicaid will cut costs, and improve overall healthcare.

Iowa is set to shift the $4.2 billion Medicaid program to private management beginning Jan. 1. Last week, Gov. Branstad said there's no reason to delay the plans.

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