Branstad hopeful on low income health care waiver
Gov. Terry Branstad says he is hopeful that Iowa will win federal approval for an expansion of low-income health care in the "very near future."
The state has applied for a waiver enabling the state to receive more federal Medicaid money for the proposed Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, a new health insurance program which would cover up to 150,000 residents.
So far the waiver has not been granted. Branstad says he has requested a meeting with President Barack Obama when he travels to Washington DC later this week.
Under the proposal, the state would take federal funding to create a new health plan for some poor residents and to pay the premiums for other low-income Iowans to get private insurance on the new health care exchanges.
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