Iowa Gov. seeks federal approval for health plan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says federal authorities haven’t signed off on Iowa’s low income health care expansion because they don’t like the use of premiums in the plan.

Branstad says Thursday he stands by the plan. But despite meeting with federal officials in Washington this week, Branstad still hasn’t gotten a waiver for the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan.

State lawmakers in May approved legislation that accepts 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. Starting in 2015, some participants could be subject to small monthly premiums

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services did not immediately return a call for comment.

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