Open letter to Gov. Branstad regarding Medicaid Expansion
Dear Gov. Branstad:
The importance of providing qualified individuals with Medicaid has never been more important, especially since the Affordable Care Act is now settled law and that states will be fully reimbursed for expanding Medicaid for the first three years and ninety percent for every year thereafter. However, those who must rely on Iowa Care have a very difficult road ahead.
I have always had many doctors & been on many medications due to Bipolar, OCD & Addison’s disease. These stressors resulted in me needing to be admitted to the psychiatric ward dozens of times between the years of 1995 – 2005. Working full time during those years was very stressful, but I was able to save some money in a 401K with a good health insurance plan. When I could no longer handle the stress of the job, I was let go. Losing the health insurance was devastating as I had to resort to paying for COBRA Insurance for catastrophic coverage which was very expensive, depleting most of my hard-earned savings. At this point I found out about Iowa Care which helped, but was certainly nothing compared to the insurance I once enjoyed.
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