Lawmakers have Deal on Low-Income Health Care

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By Kayleigh Milas

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers have reached a tentative deal to accept federal funding to provide health care coverage to low-income residents.

Democratic Senate President Pam Jochum, of Dubuque, says the agreement will cover an estimated 150,000 Iowans. Those with incomes up to 100 percent of the poverty line will go on a state-run health plan with benefits similar to those offered state workers. People with incomes from 101 to 138 percent of poverty will get private health plans on the new health care exchanges. Those premiums will be paid for with the federal dollars.

Jochum says the state will need to seek a federal waiver for the plan and will accept federal funding offered to states that expand Medicaid.

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