Iowa will avoid a costly state-based model and will instead pursue a state-federal partnership to retain autonomy over Iowa’s healthcare system and minimize costs , Gov. Terry Branstad said Friday morning.
The Iowa Republican has submitted a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius saying the state will pursue a “practical path that prevents federal intrusion into Iowa’s health insurance and Medicaid operations.
His decision comes in response to Sebelius’ Dec. 14 deadline for states. If Iowa had not met that deadline, it would have defaulted into a federal exchange.
“Iowans deserve health care reform that improves care, lowers cost and most of all makes people healthier,” Branstad said.
“I continue to have concerns that an intrusive federal exchange would raise costs on individuals and businesses, making it harder for them to create jobs and raise family incomes in Iowa,” Branstad wrote. “Iowa intends to minimize the federal government’s intrusion into the regulation of insurance. We will continue to regulate insurance plans in Iowa and retain control over our Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Plan eligibility.”
Read the story linked above for more details. What do you think of Gov. Branstad’s decision to pursue the state-federal health exchange partnership as Iowa’s response to the Affordable Care Act’s mandates?