Gov. Terry Branstad says he feels positive about a meeting with federal officials where he delivered the message that he does not plan to expand Medicaid in Iowa.
During a Tuesday press conference, Branstad called his Friday meeting in Washington with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius "cordial." He says he does not want to expand Medicaid, but pressed Sebelius for a federal waiver to continue IowaCare, a health care program that provides limited benefits to 70,000 low income adults in the state. That program is set to expire later this year.
Branstad says Iowa will soon provide a full proposal for extending IowaCare.
Critics of Branstad's plan say expanding Medicaid would provide more services to a larger number of people. But Branstad calls an expansion unaffordable.