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Iowa's low-income health care bill to be signed Thursday

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Gov. Terry Branstad will sign a law that expands low-income health care in Iowa this Thursday. Gov. Terry Branstad will sign a law that expands low-income health care in Iowa this Thursday.
DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Gov. Terry Branstad will sign a law that expands low-income health care in Iowa this Thursday.

Under the plan, Iowa will accept federal dollars offered to states that expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

The state will use the funding to create a new health plan for some low-income residents and will pay the premiums for other low-income Iowans to get plans on the new health care exchanges.

The bill will be signed Thursday at 9 a.m. in Mason City. The exact location has not been announced yet.

The plan will require federal approval, but Branstad says he is optimistic that will happen.

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