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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 1, 2004

MACIT Report Delivered To Governor Vilsack And Legislature

The Medical Assistance Crisis Intervention Team (MACIT), headed by University of Iowa President David Skorton, today delivered its report to Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack and the Iowa General Assembly. MACIT was created by legislation approved earlier this year. The team was directed to conduct public hearings and to develop projections of costs for the Medicaid program through June 30, 2008. The team was also given the option of making recommendations regarding Medicaid funding, services, eligibility rates, care management and program administration.

The entire report, as well as an executive summary, is available via the web at this link:

The MACIT report was developed following public hearings held in six Iowa cities, starting on July 15 in Ottumwa and ending Nov. 19 in Des Moines. Other hearings were held in Sioux City, Dubuque, Mason City and Red Oak.

"On behalf of the other members of the team, I want to thank the hundreds of Iowans who took the time to attend our public hearings and to offer their perspectives, ideas and recommendations regarding Medicaid," Skorton said. "I also want to thank my distinguished team members for generously devoting their time and energy to listening to the concerns of their neighbors from around the state and for engaging in a thoughtful yet spirited discussion about our recommendations."

Skorton, a cardiologist, is co-founder and co-director of the UI Adolescent and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Other members of the Medical Assistance Crisis Intervention Team and their alternates are:

--Dana Holland, Ottumwa, president of the Iowa Health Care Association. Alternate: Steve Ackerson, West Des Moines, IHCA executive director.
--Thomas (TJ) Johnsrud, Conrad, past president of the Iowa Pharmacy Association. Alternate: Cheryl Clark, Des Moines, IPA senior vice president for Advanced Practice Development.
--Jerry Karbeling, Des Moines, chair of the Medical Assistance Advisory Council. Alternate: Mark Peltan, Mason City, MAAC co-chair.
--Donna Katen-Bahensky, Iowa City, director and CEO of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
--C. James Platt, Fort Madison, chair of the Iowa Hospital Association. Alternate: J. Kirk Norris, Des Moines, IHA president.
--Stephen Richards, D.O., Algona, president-elect of the Iowa Medical Society. Alternate: Charles Helms, M.D., Iowa City, IMS president.
--Debbie Spencer, Des Moines, Positive Alternatives To Hospitalization (PATH) Program, Broadlawns Medical Center.
--Craig Syata, Urbandale, executive director of the Iowa Association of Community Providers. Alternate: Bob Hebl, Hiawatha, IACP president.
--Mike Teachout, West Des Moines, member of the Federation of Iowa Insurers. Alternate: Bob Wilcox, Bettendorf, member of the FII.

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