State Lawmakers Propose Healthy Iowans for a Public Option

Des Moines, Iowa – State Senator Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines, and State Representative John Forbes, D-Urbandale, said today they will propose a bill next session to make health care more accessible and affordable for Iowans.  Called the Healthy Iowans for a Public Option (HIPO), the new plan would give the 72,000 Iowans on the individual market another health insurance option.

 “With thousands of Iowans facing a health care crisis next year, it’s time for the Legislature to work together and make sure that all Iowans have access to affordable health care.  Our plan will give the 72,000 Iowans in the individual market another option while repealing the GOP’s disastrous Medicaid privatization,” said Sen. McCoy.

 The HIPO plan would first roll back Iowa’s Medicaid privatization and then create a new public health insurance option for Iowans to purchase on the individual marketplace. Iowans who currently receive financial assistance on the marketplace would still be eligible to receive it.

 “Iowans expect us to find solutions to the health care crisis we are facing, not just blame each other and bicker. We know the high cost of health care is draining family incomes and threatening the retirement security of too many Iowans.  Since the politicians in DC refuse to take action, it’s time for Gov. Reynolds and Republican lawmakers to work with us and make health care both accessible and affordable,” said Rep. Forbes.

 After President Trump threatened to reject Governor Reynold’s stop-gap plan that significantly raised premiums on the individual market earlier this year, the Governor withdrew her plan last week.  Next year, just one option will be available on Iowa’s health insurance Marketplace.

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