(Des Moines) Governor Terry Branstad says they’ve reached an agreement with the U-S Department of Health and Human Services that will mean Iowa’s application for Medicaid expansion will be approved.
Iowa’s application would use federal Medicaid expansion dollars to buy health insurance for eligible recipients, and would charge a small premium to those making over 50-percent of the federal poverty level.
Earlier this week, the centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said they would only approve those premiums for those making more that 100-percent of the poverty line. However, Branstad aide Michael Bousselot says they’re allowing the state to require some “skin in the game.”
“Premium contributions beginning at 50-percent of the poverty level are now allowed in the Iowa Health and Wellness plan, and that is instead of co-pay,” stated Bousselot. “Those premium contributions will be expected to be paid, however, should someone not pay those contributions there will not be disenrollment, and instead there will be a debt due to the state.”
Brousselot says there still are some minor details to be worked out, but the agreement will allow as many as 150 thousand Iowans to get health care coverage. He says all the fine print should be worked out by the first of the year.
Iowa Radio Network
December 13, 2013