Branstad keeps focus on IowaCare, not Medicaid
DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is expected to soon reveal his plans for revamping the IowaCare health program for low-income adults, sticking to an approach he holds is better for the state than the Medicaid expansion Democrats are clamoring for.
Without details, it’s hard to know if a beefed-up IowaCare would solve Linda Cunningham’s problems. The 58-year-old, who complains of fatigue and chest pain, said she can’t afford the bus ride from her Council Bluffs home to Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, one of just two locations where IowaCare patients can get hospital treatment.
“I feel like I can’t get the medical treatment that I need. I don’t have the resources to go there,” said Cunningham, whose church helped her get the money for a bus ticket to Des Moines last year.
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