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Health Care For Low-Income Iowans:
What’s Wrong With The Current System?
- More than 17,000 Iowans 50 to 64-years old hard hit by financial insecurity are out of work or struggling in jobs without health benefits; they would gain access to Medicaid coverage.
- Medicaid health coverage should be there for hardworking low income Iowans who’ve paid into it throughout their working lives.
|Iowans Helped||110,000-181,000 (1st 3 yrs)||66,580 (capped, demand exceeds supply)|
|Cover all legal Iowans with single incomes under $14,856/yr||Yes||No|
|Coverage Location and Access||Statewide||Only 2 hospitals (Des Moines and Iowa City), plus 6 health centers*|
|Primary Care Coverage||Yes, statewide||Just 8 designated medical homes*|
|Prescription Drug Coverage||Yes (required)||No|
|Mental Health Coverage||Yes (required)||No|
|Local Rehabilitative Service||Yes (required)||Not at any non-IowaCare provider|
|Federal Taxpayer Costs||Yes (already appropriated and allocated by ACA)||Yes (would require allocation, if Feds approve and renew)|
|Iowa State Taxpayer Costs||$0 (1st 3 yrs); 10% after 2020||$48 million next 2 yrs alone|
|Polk County Tax Levy Used||No (not for Expansion) 0%||Yes (used for 22% of match)|