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IowaCare health program up for renewal


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- A program that offers a package of limited health benefits to low-income adults faces renewal in January, but some people are complaining the program leaves out much of the state.

That's because people seeking care can only go to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, except those who live in Polk County, who can seek a waiver to seek treatment at a Des Moines hospital.

The state's Medicaid director acknowledges the program, called IowaCare, isn't ideal, but says there's no room in the budget to open up the program to hospitals statewide.

That means hospitals in places far from Iowa City still get stuck with the bill by uninsured adults who can't afford care.

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