Iowa lawmakers are returning to Des Moines for a third week of overtime. The session was scheduled to wrap up May 3, but legislators continue to negotiate education reform, property taxes, Medicaid expansion, and other key issues.
Republicans in the Iowa House say they hope toÂ offer an alternative to Republican Governor Terry Branstadâ€™s planÂ for insuringÂ thousands of low-income Iowans.Â Â Â Itâ€™s part of the negotiatingÂ on health care, which isÂ delaying adjournment of this yearâ€™s legislative session.
All this week, IPRâ€™s Clay Masters has been talking with Iowans who receive Medicaid services to get their input on the debate between Governor Branstad and the Democratic-controlled state Senate over expanding Medicaid.
River to River wraps up the series with host Ben Kieffer sitting down with Clay and several Medicaid recipients, as well as the Governorâ€™s healthcare policy advisor Michael Bousselot and Democratic state senator Pam Jochum.
Thereâ€™s one issue that will likely help keep state lawmakers from adjourning at the end of the week; thatâ€™s healthcare. Thousands of low-income Iowans will be kicked off a healthcare program that expires at the end of the year and thereâ€™s disagreement over how to cover them. Republican Governor Terry Branstad is at odds with Democratic-controlled Senate who want to expand Medicaid. The governor doesnâ€™t want to rely on the fedsâ€¦ so heâ€™s introduced his own plan.
The Democratic-controlled Iowa Senate wants to expand Medicaid in the state. Republican Governor Terry Branstad does NOT and has introduced his own plan. Medicaid is the joint federal-state healthcare program for low-income people. As Iowa Public Radioâ€™s Clay Masters reports the Republican-controlled House held a public hearing on the Senateâ€™s expansion bill Tuesday night.
Republican and Democratic Senators clashed over a bill that would expand Medicaid in the Iowa. Thatâ€™s the joint federal-state program that provides healthcare for low-income people. Last year the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that under the Affordable Care Actâ€¦ sometimes calledÂ Obamacare... itâ€™s optional for states to expand Medicaid. As Iowa Public Radioâ€™s Clay Masters reports, the senate passed the bill along party lines.
A plan to add 150,000 Iowans to Medicaid, the joint federal-state healthcare program for the poor is advanced today in the Democratic-controlled Senate. That comes the day before Republican Governor Terry Branstad meets with President Obamaâ€™s Secretary of Health and Human Services to talk about healthcare options. Iowa Public Radioâ€™s Clay Masters reports.