Iowa leaders optimistic health plan will get full waiver
|By Rod Boshart, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa|
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"This is the agreement we came to and I think on the whole it serves the state very well and it's the plan we need to implement," Paulsen told reporters at a legislative forum. "I don't know how they can, in good conscience, back us into a corner. I mean, we're 16 days from the end of the year and they're going to cause trouble on it. I just think in general that's bad form."
Rather than appeal the federal ruling, Senate Democratic Leader
"I think we're clearly in a position where we can expand access to affordable health care coverage to 150,000 Iowans," said Gronstal. "I think it's worth taking the deal. It wasn't the whole nine yards, but it was about 8.9 yards. It was most of what we asked for."
"I'm still hopeful it will get worked out," the governor said. "I think it was premature for them to put that out. We're very close and we're very optimistic that in the very near future we will get the waiver we've been working on since last spring."
Wednesday's approval, which came from the federal
Meanwhile, those who make up to 138 percent of poverty, or about
The waiver approval also allows
That fee, which would have amounted to about 3 percent of income, would be waived if participants engaged in certain healthy behaviors.
The administration's decision gave approval for a fee to be charged only on those above the poverty line.
The state has 30 days to agree with the decision or propose an alternative.
"The conversation has been productive and we're optimistic that there is a clear path including premium contributions promoting health behaviors without loss of coverage in accordance with
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