Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price released the following statement in response to the news that Iowa’s privatized Medicaid management companies will receive a bigger raise next year:

“Apparently Governor Reynolds is more concerned about her reputation than she is about the health of our state or responsible taxpayer spending. Instead of putting resources towards fixing the broken system, Reynolds is doubling-down, handing out bigger raises to MCOs with no accountability for service. Hundreds of thousands of Iowans rely on Medicaid to go to the doctor or afford prescriptions, and our tax dollars should be spent making sure these services work effectively for the people who need them most, not insurance executives.

“Iowans are still waiting for results from this administration and today’s news is just further proof that Reynolds has no idea how to manage this privatized Medicaid disaster.”