Capsules: Iowa Opens The Doors To Medicaid Coverage, On Its Own Terms; Finding Health Insurance For 71 Cents Per Month

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports on Iowa’s version of Medicaid expansion: “When the federal Affordable Care Act called for states to expand Medicaid programs to cover people like Gross, Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad refused. He said he feared the federal government wouldn’t come through on its promise to fund the expansion to include childless adults. Iowa was one of many states that initially refused all or part of the federal funds offered. … Eventually Branstad said ‘yes,’ but only if Iowa could take the money on its own terms. The state legislature, which is evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, came up with an alternative: Federal expansion dollars would pay for managed care policies that poor people would select on the HealthCare.gov site” (Masters, 1/1). 

Also on the blog, Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Jeffrey Hess reports on how the federal health exchange is working for his state’s residents: “If you’re looking for evidence that healthcare.gov, the federal health insurance marketplace, is working much better these days, you might want to ask Arlene Wilson. The 56 year old is a chef with a popular pizza shop in Jackson, Mississippi. Wilson says that “most jobs don’t offer” health insurance. Because “most of us live paycheck to paycheck,” she says she’s been unable to afford insurance for the past eight years. But the health law was designed to help people like Wilson and her co-workers (Hess, 1/2). Check out what else is on the blog

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