Medicaid bidders in Iowa tried to keep proposals secret

Hundreds of pages were initially redacted or missing from bid documents made public last week in which private companies competing to run Iowa's $4.2 billion Medicaid program detailed their proposals and why they deserved the lucrative state contracts, a Des Moines Register investigation has found.

The magnitude of the information blacked-out or omitted from the proposals made it impossible to directly compare the bids or evaluate the companies' claims of services they would provide 560,000 of Iowa's most vulnerable residents. Continue…