State faces $32 million Medicaid shortfall

From the Des Moines Register:

Iowa will be short at least $32 million to pay for medical services for low-income Iowans on Medicaid next year.

A federal spending plan that advanced in Congress Wednesday would route $83.1 million in extra money to help Iowa pay for children’s services and payments to hospitals and nursing homes.

But the Iowa Legislature banked on getting $116 million in extra Medicaid money.

That means the state budget will be short at least $32.9 million if the bill passes Congress, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency. Medicaid is the government health insurance plan for the poor.

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