Des Moines, Iowa — On February 11th, the Iowa Legislature will took its first step toward Medicaid Expansion, despite repeated refusals from Governor Branstad. As the Senate held its first subcommittee meeting that morning to consider Senate File 71, 10,000 Iowa veterans live without health insurance. As many as half of Iowa’s uninsured veterans would be eligible for Medicaid if the program is expanded under the Affordable Care Act.
“Governor Branstad should be ashamed of himself. When our veterans come home, there should be no question about the level of care they receive. Several Republican Governors have put politics aside to do what’s right and expand Medicaid, which will benefit veterans in their states. We hope Governor Branstad will follow their lead, put partisanship aside, and do right by the men and women who fought to protect our country by giving them the access to health care they deserve.”
“Our veterans deserve better than to be collateral damage as a result of the Governor’s political games.”