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Many Approve of Health Care Plan for Low Income Iowans

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--For months Iowa lawmakers have wrangled over how to provide healthcare to the state's low income residents.

Now that they've finally got a plan, the public is getting a chance comment on it.

As public meetings go it wasn't much.

There were a dozen people, about 25 minutes in length but the purpose of getting input on the new Iowa health and Wellness plan was important.

"We really wanted to make sure that we had a plan ready to go by the end of this fiscal year,” said Senator Liz Mathis.
The plan is a compromise between Governor Terry Branstad and senate democrats

At the end of the year it replaces Iowa’s current program for healthcare for low income adults.

"I think the plan is a good compromise. It covers certainly a larger number of people. I think it takes advantage of federal funding that is available,” said Jennifer Lightbody of the Waterloo People’s Community Health Clinic.

Under the plan adults ages 19-65 who earn less than 12,000 for an individual and less than 16,000 for a family of two are eligible for coverage.

Organizations are already gearing up to help implement it.

"We are eager to partner with the community at large to insure that low income Iowans fully utilize the health plan that will become available to them, “said United Way’s Judy Stoffel.

The Iowa Health and Wellness plan is not a done deal yet as it must first  be approved by the federal government.

Once the final bugs are worked out, it takes effect January 1st.

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