Groups on the Road with "Medicaid Madness" Tour

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By Katie Stinson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Groups in support of expanding federal medicaid for low-income Iowans are on the road pushing their plan.

Last Monday, the Iowa Senate approved expanding medicaid on a 26 to 23 party line vote. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad doesn't want to expand medicaid and has offered an outline of his plan which opponents say would cost the state more and cover fewer Iowans.

Today a number of groups launched a "Medicaid Madness" tour to promote the senate plan. Matt Sinovic, of Progress Iowa, says he fears gridlock could leave lower income Iowans with nothing.

"That's the scariest part, they're bickering back and forth without having a solution when we're headed toward that deadline," Sinovic said.

Iowa must have a new health plan in place by the end of the year to replace IowaCare. Medicaid expansion supporters are planning a series of statewide rallies on Sunday, April 7th to encourage a public show of support.

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