Terry Branstad: Medicaid meeting with U.S. health secretary 'cordial'

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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 12:00 am

DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad said Tuesday that he had a “cordial” recent meeting with the U.S. health and human services secretary about his decision not to expand the Medicaid system in Iowa and will soon give the federal government his full proposal that aims to instead extend another program set to expire later this year.

The GOP governor said he pressed Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at their meeting Friday in Washington for a federal waiver to continue IowaCare, which provides limited health benefits to some 70,000 low-income adults in the state using state and federal funding.

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