5:34 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Iowans on Medicaid Part 3

David Van Ahn visits his daughter, Meri Van Ahn who has been on Medicaid all of her life, in her West Des Moines home.
Credit Clay Masters / IPR
David Van Ahn says adding more to the Medicaid program will push those who already receive Medicaid services, like his daughter Meri, back further in line to see the doctor.

There’s one issue that will likely help keep state lawmakers from adjourning at the end of the week; that’s healthcare. Thousands of low-income Iowans will be kicked off a healthcare program that expires at the end of the year and there’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 doesn’t want to rely on the feds… so he’s introduced his own plan. IPR Statehouse Correspondent Clay Masters spent time the last few months talking with those that receive services from the joint federal-state program for the poor…. He has part three of our weeklong series called “Iowans on Medicaid.”