Medicaid expansion opponents, backers testify to Iowa panel
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Plenty of people showed up but most weren’t able to speak at a House hearing Tuesday evening equally divided between supporters and opponents of a Medicaid expansion plan.
Three-quarters of the 72 people signed up to testify before the Republican-controlled House budget committee identified themselves as supporters of the Senate bill that would expand Medicaid in Iowa. Only 32 of the 72 people had a chance to speak, 15 in opposition and 17 in support.
The measure approved by the Senate would add from 130,000 to 180,000 people with incomes at or below 138 percent of the poverty line to the state’s Medicaid rolls. Under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government will pick up the entire cost of the new enrollees for three years, before ratcheting down to 90 percent.
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