Iowa gets partial approval for Medicaid expansion waiver

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has partially approved a waiver for Iowa to expand its Medicaid program, according to the Des Moines Register. HHS has approved the state's proposal to place new Medicaid recipients into the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, which a relatively small network of safety net providers would service. However, the article said HHS rejected a proposal to charge enrollees a small monthly premium if they did not get annual checkups or did not enroll in smoking cessation and other health improvement programs. Article