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Iowa Medicaid to get $89 million in first round of stimulus

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Iowa is slated to get $89 million from the first round of funding from the economic stimulus.

President Barack Obama told the nation's governors Monday he would release the first $15 billion in stimulus funds to help states pay medicaid expenses for low-income families.

"That means that by the time most of you get home, money will be waiting to help 20 million vulnerable Americans in your states get health coverage," the President told the Nation's Governors in a meeting at the White House Monday morning.  "Children with asthma will be able to breathe easier, seniors won't need to fear losing their doctors, and pregnant women with limited means won't need to worry about the health of their babies."

But not all the governors were receptive.  Louisiana Republican Bobb Jindal, who many think might challenge Obama in 2010, said he'll refuse to take some stimulus funding.  Gov. Jindal said not only is the bill wasteful, but it takes control away from states by dictating how funding can be spent.  Gov. Jindal also says increasing medicaid and unemployment for a short time means states will have to pick up the slack when federal funding stops.

President Obama called those claims "politics".  He said people agree with most of the bill, but spend a lot of time arguing and fighting about a small percentage of the stimulus.

Click here to get a break down of stimulus funding charts by state from the White House.


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