Governor’s health proposal advances in Iowa House
DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad’s health care proposal for low-income Iowa residents received committee-level approval in the Republican-majority state House Monday, but the Democratic-controlled Senate instead favors a plan to expand Medicaid.
The House appropriations committee approved legislation for the “Healthy Iowa” plan in a party-line vote. The plan revamps an existing program for low-income residents and would provide coverage to an estimated 89,000 people with incomes at or below the poverty line using state and federal dollars.
Branstad opposes the Medicaid expansion permitted under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, saying the long-terms costs are unsustainable. At the hearing Monday, Rep. Walt Rogers, R-Cedar Falls, said the Healthy Iowa plan would be a better option for the state.
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