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Iowa Wellness Plan - Enrollment and Churn, Calendar years 2013 - 2018

The movement of Iowa Wellness Plan (IWP) members in and out of the Medicaid program and between MCOs is similar to that for a comparable study group, namely FMAP members. A few findings are worth noting.

  • Membership in IWP has stabilized with small but steady growth in the last year to over 170,000 in January 2019.
  • The demographic characteristics of IWP members has not changed significantly over the first 5 years of the program. Members are most likely to be female, white, living in a metropolitan area and between 22 and 30 years of age.
  • In December 2016, over 85,000 AmeriHealth members were switched to United HealthCare (UHC) as AmeriHealth exited the Iowa Medicaid program.
  • Members who returned after a gap in enrollment, as opposed to those never coming back into Medicaid, were significantly more likely to be female (p<0.000), white (p<0.000), and younger (p<0.000) than those who did not return.
Momany, E. & Damiano, P. Iowa Wellness Plan - Enrollment and Churn, Calendar years 2013 - 2018. : University of Iowa Public Policy Center.