2 Lawmakers Credited For Role In Iowa Health Deal
by Associated Press
May 26, 2013 9:42 AM
After months of partisan bickering seemed to have stalled negotiations on how to provide low-income health care in Iowa, two no-nonsense lawmakers from northern Iowa are credited with figuring out a compromise.
Democratic Sen. Amanda Ragan, of Mason City, and Republican House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer, of Clear Lake, led talks to develop the health care plan that won passage in the Legislature before lawmakers adjourned Thursday.
Both say their longstanding relationship helped pave the way.
Under the plan, the state will seek federal funding to provide health coverage for as many as 150,000 low-income residents by putting some on a new state-run plan and to pay the premiums for other to get private insurance. The state will need federal approval.