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Iowa Reaches Settlement in Lawsuit Alleging State Failed to Provide Kids with Adequate Mental Health Care

Iowa has agreed to take steps to address “decades-long issues” in mental health and behavioral health access for Medicaid-eligible children as part of an interim settlement agreement reached this week, state officials announced.

The interim settlement agreement announced Monday was between Iowa Department of Health and Human Services Director Kelly Garcia and Disability Rights Iowa and other national health and law advocacy organizations. Other plaintiffs include Children’s Rights, the National Health Law Program and the Boston, Mass.-based law firm Ropes and Gray.

Both sides are expected to reach a final settlement agreement by July 1.

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