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Branstad Hopeful About Iowa Healthcare Expansion

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) --
   Gov. Terry Branstad says he is hopeful that Iowa will win federal approval for an expansion of low-income health care in the "very near future."
   The state has applied for a waiver enabling the state to receive more federal Medicaid money for the proposed Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, a new health insurance program which would cover up to 150,000 residents.
   So far the waiver has not been granted. Branstad says he has requested a meeting with President Barack Obama when he travels to Washington DC later this week.
   Under the proposal, the state would take federal funding to create a new health plan for some poor residents and to pay the premiums for other low-income Iowans to get private insurance on the new health care exchanges.

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