Iowa just got approval from the federal government today to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. In a bipartisan compromise between Republican Governor Terry Branstad and Democratic and Republican legislators, poor Iowans under 100% federal poverty level will get coverage through the Medicaid program while those with slightly higher incomes will buy private coverage through the health exchange. Small premiums for those above the poverty line and a wellness program to encourage healthier behaviors will be a part of the plan.
Calling NC Governor Pat McCrory. If the Governor of Iowa and legislators can work out a compromise on Medicaid expansion why can’t we do that here in NC? Are we going to be among the final states dumb enough to leave all that federal money for providing health care to our poorest citizens lying on the table? Especially since NCians are paying federal taxes into the very same pot that is paying for expansion in states like Iowa. I sure hope not.