Iowa Senate backs Medicaid expansion legislation
DES MOINES (AP) — Lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled Senate approved an expansion of Iowa’s Medicaid program Monday, though Republican Gov. Terry Branstad remains firmly opposed to growing the program in the state.
In a 26-23 vote, split down party lines, the Senate backed the legislation. During the 90-minute debate, Democratic lawmakers argued that expanding Medicaid will provide care to more low-income Iowans with little cost to the state.
“It’s not the Iowa way to turn our back on 100,000 uninsured Iowans,” said Senate President Pam Jochum, D-Dubuque. “They are the working poor. They work. They just happen to earn a low wage and happen to work for an employer who doesn’t offer health care, nor can they buy it on their own.”
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