DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad said he has finalized an agreement with federal authorities to expand low-income health care in Iowa.
Branstad announced Friday that the state received final documents this week from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Iowa sought a waiver enabling the state to receive more federal Medicaid money for the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan.
Under the plan, the state will take federal funding to create a new health plan for some poor residents and to pay the premiums for other low-income Iowans to get private insurance in the new health care marketplace. The program could eventually cover up to 150,000 Iowa residents.
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