Iowa Gov. seeks federal approval for health plan
DES MOINES (AP) — Federal authorities have not signed off on Iowa’s low-income health care expansion because they do not like the use of premiums in the plan, Gov. Terry Branstad said Thursday.
Branstad met with federal officials in Washington this week to urge them to provide a waiver enabling the state to receive more federal Medicaid money for the proposed Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, a new health insurance program that would cover as many as 150,000 residents.
Branstad said the program calls for eventually charging some small premiums that are intended to serve as health incentives. He said participants can avoid the charges if they complete certain health goals.
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