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Public Hearings on Governor's Health Care Plan

DES MOINES, (AP) - The Iowa Department of Human Services will hold public hearings on the governor's proposed health care plan in cities across the state in June.

The department has scheduled hearings on Gov. Terry Branstad's Healthy Iowa plan in Des Moines, Sioux City and Davenport on June 3rd, and in Cedar Rapids on June 4th. The public can also submit comments to the department about the plan until June 17th.

Branstad's plan is a revamped version of IowaCare, a program for low-income residents that is set to end on Oct. 31st. HealthyIowa would provide coverage to an estimated 95,000 residents with incomes up to the poverty line.

Branstad opposes the Senate Democrats' plan for expanding Medicaid, as allowed under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, saying the cost isn't sustainable.

To read more out of Des Moines on the budget for the coming fiscal year, click here.

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