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Iowa Health, Wellness Plan to be discussed at community forum

Aug 06, 2013

OTTUMWA — Milestones Area Agency on Aging will host a community forum to discuss the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan and the State Innovation Model 2-4 p.m. Aug. 13 at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa.

The forum will be held in room 5 of the Indian Hills’ Rural Health Building.

The forum is open to the public, and Milestones Area Agency on Aging is encouraging participation from all counties in its service area. Milestones is the new designated area agency on aging for Appanoose, Clinton, Davis, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Lucas, Mahaska, Monroe, Muscatine, Scott, Van Buren, Wapello and Wayne counties.

The speakers will be Iowa Medical Director Jennifer Vermeer and Iowa Department of Human Services Director Chuck Palmer.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service awarded the Iowa Department of Human Services, among other states, funding to develop a State Innovation Model that will take a look at planning, designing, testing and supporting a new payment and health care delivery model. Plans must improve health, improve health care and lower costs for citizens through a sustainable model of multi-payor and delivery reform and must be dedicated to delivering the right care at the right time in the right setting.

Additionally, the department is working on the new Iowa Health and Wellness Plan that addresses the health care needs of Iowans with income up to and including 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level that are not otherwise covered by Medicaid. This new coverage group will start receiving benefits Jan. 1.

For more information, contact Milestones Area Agency on Aging by calling 800-642-6522 or emailing info@milestonesaaa.org.

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