The Iowa Senate is expected to approve a plan to expand Medicaid, allowing thousands of Iowans to be added to the government health insurance program, but House Republicans and Gov. Terry Branstad are opposed to the idea.
More than 100,000 Iowans would receive insurance in the Medicaid expansion and the federal government would pay for their coverage for the first three years and 90 percent of their coverage after that, as reported in the Des Moines Register.
Branstad has said he is afraid that after this federally funded period, Iowans would eventually pay the bill for this expansion due to the current federal budget crisis.
GOP governors in other states such as Florida and New Jersey have decided to expand their programs with the federal government. But Branstad believes that Iowa is capable of creating a better system on its own, according to the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
“We do intend in the near future to submit our proposal for renewing and improving and changing our IowaCare program,” the governor told reporters at his weekly news conference.