Medicaid expansion moves to House, action needed

On Monday, March 26th, Medicaid expansion passed the senate along a party line vote, sending the bill on to the House for consideration.

If enacted, Medicaid expansion would offer health coverage to 150,000 additional Iowans. The expansion, a part of Barrack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, would cost nothing to the state of Iowa for three years- it would be fully funded by the federal government. After three years, federal funding would remain at at least 90%.

Branstad’s alternative to Medicaid expansion is insufficient- it provides limited coverage, with limited services, to limited people and is estimated to cost the state of Iowa $23,000,000 per year.

We’re looking at a Medicaid showdown, and it’s up to the House to do the right thing.  Speaker Paulsen has said the House will consider both Medicaid expansion and Branstad’s Healthy Iowa Plan within the next couple weeks.  The bill currently sits in the Appropriations committee, where it will not be subject to the second funnel happening on April 5.

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