- Associated Press - Monday, October 19, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A board that oversees a children’s health insurance program in Iowa says it’s waiting for more information from state officials over the board’s legal authority as the program’s services are switched to private care.

Mary Mincer Hansen, chairwoman of the board that oversees the hawk-i program, told members in a meeting Monday that she wants more information from the state Department of Human Services as Medicaid services are turned over to several national health providers.

The hawk-i program provides health insurance to more than 37,000 children from low-income families. Plans to switch the program to managed care have been questioned by board members, who say they weren’t consulted.

Mikki Steir, Medicaid director for DHS, participated in the meeting. She says she is working to provide those details soon.

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